“Is this real life?” we asked ourselves as we went on Funny or Die in search of this supposed 50-minute, Johnny Depp-starring film about Donald Trump. We see a trailer. Maybe, we think to ourselves, it’s just a trailer promising a movie that doesn’t and will never exist?
Nope. It’s all there.
Surprised? Everyone is, because, as The New York Times reports, it was “kept a secret for months — no small task in Hollywood.” The timing, by the way, was totally intentional, with the movie “released to coincide with Mr. Trump’s victory on Tuesday in the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary.”
Consider, for a moment, how it went unleaked that a cast comprised of Depp, Jack McBrayer, Patton Oswalt, Alfred Molina, Henry Winkler, Andy Richter, Jacob Tremblay and Michaela Watkins were working on a secret Trump movie.
It was owed, in addition to a sprinkling of non-disclosure agreements, to Funny or Die “begg[ing] people not to say anything,” as editor in chief Owen Burke described to the Times.
Titled Art of the Deal, the movie, as Ron Howard explains in the intro before blowing on a videocassette and popping it into the VHS machine, is a long-lost film based on Trump’s book of the same name. “Thought to be lost in the Cybill Shepherd blouse fire of 1989,” the made-for-TV movie was “almost never seen. It was preempted by Monday night football in 1988. Crappy game too. Colts vs. Browns, every score was a safety. Browns won 4-2. Trump was furious and vowed never to air his masterpiece. It disappeared for decades until last summer.”
You can see the whole thing here. We must warn you about the wave of ’80s nostalgia you’ll be hit with, down to the theme song created by Kenny Loggins, who contributed to the Footloose and Caddyshack soundtracks, among others.