Johnny Depp Stars as Donald Trump in Funny or Die’s Fake ‘Art of the Deal’ Film


We don’t need to wait until Hollywood gets around to making the definitive Donald Trump biopic, because Funny or Die already has. The comedy web channel released a 50-Minute parody adaptation of Trump’s 1987 book, The Art of the Deal, on Wednesday. Johnny Depp, who stars as the Don, looks positively terrifying in too-convincing Trump hair and makeup.

Funny or Die editor-in-chief Owen Burke called Depp’s performance “absolutely bananas.”

“Because we tend to move so fast, we’re usually just slapping wigs on people,” Burke told the New York Times. “But Johnny brought, like, a whole team of professionals to help him get into character. Or at least style his hair.”

Directed by Drunk History‘s Jeremy Konner, the film is a sort of play within a play, where we’re watching the first airing of a long lost 1988 TV movie that Trump wrote, directed, edited, and starred in. In addition to an intro in which Ron Howard explains the whole “almost lost” situation of the movie, the film sells the effect with VHS scan lines and an extremely authentic theme song written by Kenny Loggins.

Along with Depp, the movie also features Patton Oswalt as Merv Griffin, Henry Winkler as former New York Mayor Ed Koch, and Casual‘s Michaela Watkins as Ivana Trump. Jack McBrayer, Andy Richter, Stephen Merchant, and Ron Howard appear in the film as well. Oh, and Alf. We can’t forget about Alf.

Funny or Die co-creator Adam Mckay told the Times he hoped the film would “annoy” Trump. We’re right there with ya, Adam, but it might take a lot to rain on Trump’s parade, considering he won the New Hampshire primary last night.