Man at His Best

Johnny Depp stars as Donald Trump in spoof biopic

It really wasn’t that difficult—he just acted like a raving lunatic the whole time.

BY Patrick Chew | Feb 11, 2016 | Film & TV

Johnny Depp proves to us yet again that he is a man with many faces. From Mad Hatter to Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd to Captain Jack Sparrow, Depp certainly has an innate ability to transform into just about anyone. 

For his latest role, the 52-year-old actor was near unrecognisable as he donned a ridiculous wig in Funny or Die’s 50-minute film about billionaire turned US presidential candidate Donald Trump. 

Adapted from Trump’s 1987 best-selling part-memoir, part-self-help book, the movie is entitled, The Art of the Deal: The Movie and tells a fictional narrative which sees Depp’s Trump attempting to purchase the Taj Mahal and judging people based on how they affect property value and “not on the colour of their skin or their tendency towards rape”.

Narrated by a film reel-wielding Ron Howard, the film also features a star-studded cast of Alfred Molina, Robert Morse, Patton Oswalt, Jack McBrayer, Michaela Watkins, Henry Winkler, Stephen Merchant, and ALF—the American science fiction sitcom character that Trump calls, “the only illegal alien that I love”. 

“The plan was to move really fast because we thought Trump would go away, as least as a presidential candidate,” 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 added, “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.” 

Well Depp achieved a heck of a hairdo as a result to give a heck of a performance for a film which, if we might add, is only just slightly more outrageous than his self-proclaimed rags to riches life.

Now go watch it. Trump’s legal team is probably scrambling to get it taken down as we speak.