In addition to Depp, the “Funny or Die Presents Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie” is packed with famous faces, starting with award-winning director Ron Howard introducing the film. Comedian Patton Oswalt stars as Merv Griffin, “30 Rock’s” Jack McBrayer is Trump’s architect Der Scutt, “Arrested Development’s” Henry Winkler is Mayor Ed Koch and “Casual’s” Michaela Watkins is Ivana Trump. “Room’s” Jacob Tremblay, “Conan’s” Andy Richter, “The Office” creator Stephen Merchant, and iconic ’80s stars, including ALF, also make cameos.
“FOD” even got Kenny Loggins to sing the theme song, “The Art of the Deal.”
Throughout the lengthy spoof, Depp spouts numerous one-liners that are super Trump-like. “By day, it’s me against the city,” he touts. “By night, it’s me and the city.”
“This is the opposite of a mistake! This is a good stake,” Depp, as Trump, declares.
The film, which was a surprise when released on Wednesday, was filmed in four days in December. “The plan was to move really fast because we thought Trump would go away, as least as a presidential candidate,” FOD’s editor-in-chief, Owen Burke, told The New York Times. “When he bizarrely didn’t go away, we had a little more time. But that meant keeping the secret for longer.”
Burke said Depp’s devotion to the role went farther than the performance itself. The 52-year-old actor also went all-out with the costume. “Absolutely bananas” he quipped of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star’s portrayal of Trump. “Because we tend to move so fast, we’re usually just slapping wigs on people. But Johnny brought, like, a whole team of professionals to help him get into character. Or at least style his hair.”
“FOD” was also very big on keeping the movie quiet until they released it after the New Hampshire primaries. “We had a few people sign non-disclosures,” Burke admitted. “But mostly we just begged people not to say anything.”
Adam McKay, co-founder of “FOD” and an Oscar contender as director of “The Big Short,” added, “It was a crazy, completely nuts idea that somehow we pulled off.”
Trump has yet to react to spoof, but from what we saw during his hosting stint on “Saturday Night Live,” the presidential hopeful can take a joke.