Johnny Depp's Portrayal of Donald Trump Is Going Viral

February 10th 2016

Laura Donovan

Funny or Die's "The Art of the Deal," a hysterical a fake biopic about Donald Trump, is going viral on social media as of early Wednesday morning.

The 50-minute video, which has an introduction from director Ron Howard, stars Johnny Depp as Trump and includes a slew of other big name celebrities such as "Room" actor Jacob Tremblay, comedian Patton Oswalt, actor Henry Winkler, and "The League" actor Jason Mantzoukas, among others. Howard opens the video by saying "The Art of the Deal" is an unearthed 1980s biopic written and directed by Trump and based off his book. The movie itself includes a lot of behavior that's gotten Trump in trouble during the 2016 presidential election cycle.

After Howard's intro, the video cuts to 10-year-old Trump staring at a picture of the "huge" Taj Mahal, which he argues is "easily the classiest thing ever built by a Muslim," and vowing to buy a similarly grand construction in the U.S. This is an apparent allusion to Trump's controversial call to ban Muslims in America following last year's Paris attacks.

The video goes on to follow 1980s adult Trump as he mentors a father-less young boy who looks up to him and stumbles into his office one day.

The video incorporates Trump's well-documented insensitive side as well. When the boy reveals his dad died in Vietnam, Trump says it would have been more heroic of the dad not to die in the war. The video also references Trump's out-of-touch quote about getting a "small loan of a million dollars" from his father.

Owen Burke, Funny or Die's editor in chief, told the New York Times that the website planned on making the video quickly in case Trump disappeared from election discussion. But because this has not happened and Trump just won the New Hampshire primary, "The Art of the Deal" parody is more relevant than ever.

“The plan was to move really fast because we thought Trump would go away, as least as a presidential candidate,” Burke said. “When he bizarrely didn’t go away, we had a little more time. But that meant keeping the secret for longer. We had a few people sign non-disclosures, but mostly we just begged people not to say anything."

Reactions to "The Art of the Deal"

Many found the parody wildly entertaining. Here are some social media response to it:

Watch the full clip below:

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