Trump Was Too Dumb To Realize ‘The Devil’s Advocate’ Was Making Fun Of Him
As we’re sure you’re all aware, and in the middle of enthusiastically celebrating with a bottle of reasonably-priced champagne, today marks the 25th anniversary of the ‘90s thriller The Devil’s Advocate, starring Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron and Al Pacino as the shoutiest version of Lucifer ever committed to film.
Since the bowels of Hell were presumably unavailable, this story of a legal firm run by Satan himself was filmed in New York City, including, oddly enough, inside Donald Trump’s real-life Trump Tower penthouse. Screenwriter Tony Gilroy recently recounted on WTF how the movie was shot in Trump’s “sh*t-bag apartment” where he’d pop by the set “every day” in order to “try to see Charlize.” All the while, the entire crew was “laughing at him. Laughing at his apartment.”
In retrospect, it seems pretty weird that Trump would let this movie film in his gold-encrusted class warfare pad, since the character who lives in the apartment is clearly a Donald Trump-esque tycoon, played by Craig T. Nelson, who … murders his wife, and is seemingly a pedophile preying on his 14-year-old stepdaughter.
According to director Taylor Hackford, he too was surprised that the future President let them film there, admitting that the character was a “very egotistical, very horny New York developer” who was “based on Donald Trump.” The production only reached out to Trump because they wanted to take photos of his penthouse for reference. But the location scout told Hackford “if you like it you can use it.” To which Hackford replied: “Does he know what’s in the script?” The location scout claimed that it didn’t actually matter that the story involved a thinly-veiled Trump analogue who is pals with the literal Devil, because Trump owed her. Why? Because of this iconic moment in cinema history:
Yup, the same location scout worked on Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, the success of which Trump apparently credited as the moment when his luck turned around for the better, (presumably because it’s all about a rich kid who gleefully brutalizes poor people).
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