Forget Johnny Depp’s supposed comeback by playing the gangster Whitey Bulger in last year’s “Black Mass,” the actor is really proving his chops as Donald Trump in the just-released Funny or Die mockumentary “The Art of the Deal: The Movie.” Yes, you read that correctly, and given the actor’s knack for playing bizarre, otherworldly characters, it’s rather shocking it took him this long to sink his teeth into Trump.
“The Art of the Deal: The Movie,” which takes its name from Trump’s 1987 bestselling business book, presents itself as a long-lost film Trump made back in the 1980s, now unearthed by one Ron Howard, who serves as the documentary’s narrator. Other celebrities who appear include Alfred Molina, Kristen Schaal, Andy Richter, Paul Scheer, Robert Morse, Patton Oswalt, Jack McBrayer, Michaela Watkins, Henry Winkler, Christopher Lloyd, Stephen Merchant and Rob Huebel.
The project was shot in secret last fall by Funny Or Die Editor-in-Chief Owen Burke, long before anyone involved knew that Trump would still be the frontrunner in the Republican presidential race.
“The plan was to move really fast because we thought Trump would go away, as least as a presidential candidate,” he told The New York Times about the project. “When he bizarrely didn’t go away, we had a little more time. But that meant keeping the secret for longer.”
“It was a crazy, completely nuts idea that somehow we pulled off,” added Adam McKay, co-founder of Funny Or Die and current Best Director Oscar nominee for “The Big Short.”
The performance Depp gives as Trump ranks as some of his most bonkers work ever, which is saying something, given his recent roles in such fare as “Tusk” and “Mortdecai.” The entire 50-minute mockumentary is now available for a limited time exclusively on Funny Or Die, but you can check out some of the absurdity in the hilarious trailer below.