Depp Is Trump in Surprise 'Funny or Die' Biopic

It's 50 minutes long and now streaming
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2016 7:01 AM CST

Donald Trump doesn't just wake up today as the star of New Hampshire but as the subject of his very own biopic featuring a huge Hollywood name. Sort of: Funny or Die has a released a 50-minute "biopic" of Trump starring Johnny Depp, reports the New York Times. Depp isn't the only big name: Ron Howard introduces the faux film, the joke being that it was supposedly made in the 1980s as a never-aired TV movie of the week. (Complete with theme song by Kenny Loggins.) Others in the fake Art of the Deal project are Patton Oswalt, Henry Winkler, Andy Richter, and Michaela Watkins as Ivana Trump. Given the star power, the Times notes that the site pulled off quite a feat in keeping it secret.

"With Donald Trump somehow still in prime-position to become the next President of the United States, Funny Or Die has released what might end up being the most politically important film in American history," says the site's own promo. "Well, certainly since Dave." Funny or Die's Owen Burke tells the Times that they generally just slap a wig on people and call it a costume, but this time was different. "Johnny brought, like, a whole team of professionals to help him get into character. Or at least style his hair.” (Here's George Lopez's Trump parody.)

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