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Ten times Donald Trump made cameo appearances in movies

Many cinephiles like me know what a cameo appearance is, but not many cinephiles like me know that Donald Trump has the penchant for making cameo appearances in Hollywood movies.
Of course, Trump is not a Hollywood actor (far from it), but you can’t take away the fact that the man is a larger-than-life character, and his influence as a businessman and pop-culture personality has allowed his appearance in a number of movies over the years.
 Here are ten times Donald Trump, the president-elect of The Land of Opportunity made movie cameos.

1. The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011)
The movie: Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) examines the concept of product placement in this terrific documentary, where he even goes through the motions of having his own movie sponsored while he’s shooting it.
The Cameo: Spurlock is fortunate enough to interview a ton of big industry names such as J.J. Abrams, Peter Berg, Quentin Tarantino and Brett Ratner, and to get another perspective, he decides to meet up with The Donald too.
Trump only appears in the movie for about a minute, but he explains to Spurlock, unsurprisingly enough, that he has no problem with paid advertisements, and espouses his belief they can in fact enhance both brands beneficially.
He ends by stating that he’s offered vast sums of money to certain musicians, who he doesn’t name, for commercial use only to be rejected, and he finds their stance “crazy”, saying “they should take the money and run.”
This is the one single cameo on this list which really feels like it gives some genuine insight into Trump as a businessman, and it’s actually pretty interesting for such a short interview.

2. Broadway Idiot (2013)
The Film: Broadway Idiot covers the production and eventual debut of Green Day’s titular punk rock opera based on their iconic 2004 album American Idiot.
The Cameo: During the opera’s premiere late in the doc, Trump can briefly be seen on the red carpet being interviewed, causing Green Day’s lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong to say, “It was really strange to see Donald Trump. I said, ‘What the f*** are you doing here? Really!?'”.
Why, exactly, Trump was there has seemingly never been explained: is he a surprise fan of the band’s, somehow missing that the title song is basically a shot at people just like him? Or is he simply being a magnificent troll?

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Either way, it’s both extremely bizarre and totally hilarious.

3. Zoolander (2001)
The Film: Ben Stiller’s riotous fashion industry satire, overflowing with more cameos than you can shake a stick at.
The Cameo: While it may not top David Bowie’s immortal cameo in the movie (“Disqualified!”), Trump nevertheless makes a legendarily baffling appearance in the movie, appearing on the red carpet of a fashion gig and telling a reporter, “Look, without Derek Zoolander, male modelling wouldn’t be what it is today.”
While at the time of the movie’s release Trump may have blended into the conveyor belt of cameos, nowadays it’s hard not to watch the film and be startled at his hilariously po-faced cameo.

4. Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992)
The Film: The wildly unnecessary and surprisingly violent but nevertheless entertaining sequel which, once again, sees Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) left home alone…this time in New York.
The Cameo: When Kevin is wandering around the Plaza Hotel, he stops a man (who, of course, is Trump himself, the at-the-time owner of the building), and asks him for directions to the lobby.
Trump gives him quick directions and sends him on his way, though not before giving Kevin a prolonged, arguably creepy (or perhaps just concerned?) look.
It didn’t take long for election memes to conversely state that Trump was a good guy for giving Kevin directions (something Hillary didn’t do), or that he’s a terrible human being for not showing more concern for a lost boy, lol.
Either way, it’s a quick cameo, but an extremely memorable and somewhat amusing one.

5. Two Weeks Notice (2002)
The Film: A smash-hit romantic comedy in which lawyer Lucy Kelson (Sandra Bullock) finds herself becoming the glorified errand girl for her real estate tycoon boss George Wade (Hugh Grant). She gives her, you guessed it, two weeks’ notice, but the two soon come to realise how much they mean to one another.
The Cameo: After Lucy gives her notice, Wade hangs out with Trump at a party where he’s ribbed about her leaving.
Trump then asks Wade who his new chief counsel is, and creepily suggests that he may try to steal her away. Extra sleaze points for wearing a comically large flower pin on his jacket.
Hugh Grant even casually referred to him as merely “Trump”.

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6. The Associate (1996)
The Film: Laurel Ayres (Whoopi Goldberg) is an investment banker who finds herself discriminated against for being both a woman and black, so creates a white male persona to help get her ideas heard. Hi-jinks inevitably ensue.
The Cameo: Ayres’ boneheaded former boss Frank Peterson (Tim Daly) is taking Trump out to lunch, claiming that Ayres’ fake man Cutty is going to “crash and burn”, but at that moment, Ayres arrives and is shown to “Cutty’s table”, effectively cutting in line, even in front of Trump.
Frank is stunned, before Trump tells him, “Sorry Frank, but I’m gonna go ‘crash and burn’ with Cutty. Call me”, with a bizarrely elongated mouth that honestly makes it seem like he’s had a stroke for a moment.

7. Eddie (1996)
The Film: The first of two Whoopi Goldberg-starring movies Donald Trump would have a cameo in is this comedy in which Goldberg plays a limo driver who wins a half-time contest to coach the New York Knicks.
Her impressive work and popularity causes her to become the coach for real, and wacky events inevitably ensue.
The Cameo: As Eddie’s momentum with fans and the press continues to soar, a montage of people celebrating her plays out, including Trump, who claims, “Actually, hiring Eddie was my idea from the beginning.”
Again, it is vaguely self-aware in painting Trump as the egotistical guy who has to proclaim himself to have all the big ideas from the get-go, so it’s not terrible.

8. Celebrity (1998)
The Film: Lee Simon (Kenneth Branagh) is a typical Woody Allen surrogate protagonist: neurotic, intellectual, and a bit of an a$$hole. In the midst of a mid-life crisis, which sees him get divorced and become deeply immersed in the world of tabloid “journalism”, Lee tries to figure out what it all means.
The Cameo: Near the end of the movie, Lee’s ex-wife Robin (Judy Davis) interviews a number of celebrities inside one of New York’s most exclusive restaurants, and eventually comes across Trump.
Robin asks Trump what he’s working on right now, and he says, “I’m working on buying St. Patrick’s Cathedral, maybe doing a little rip-down job and putting up a very very tall and beautiful building.”
It’s pretty impressive that Allen managed to convince Trump to parody himself so blatantly, given how believable it is that he’d actually do something as gaudy and ostentatious as pull down an iconic cathedral in real life. Marvelous.

9. Ghosts Can’t Do It (1989)
The Film: 1990’s Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture winner is basically just a flimsy excuse for the lovely Bo Derek to take her clothes off as much as possible. Derek’s older husband (played by Anthony Quinn) kills himself after his body (specifically his pen|s) begins to fail him, and as a ghost, convinces his wife to seduce and murder a young man whose body Quinn can possess. Yep.

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The Cameo: Derek is working on a business deal mid-way through the movie, and ends up facing off against The Donald, who is presumed to be playing himself.
The ghost of Derek’s husband continually instructs her throughout the deal, but then Donald turns up the heat with a little flirtation. He says to her, “Be assured that in this room there are knives sharp enough to cut you to the bone, and hearts cold enough to eat yours as hors d’oeuvres.”
She replies, “You’re too pretty to be bad”, and he ends with, “You noticed?”, while pouting and letting a sliver of dribble pool around his lips. It’s painfully awful, and hilariously enough, Trump won the Worst Supporting Actor for his minute-long “performance”. It’s meant to be seductive but it’s just skin-crawlingly creepy.
Razzie co-founder John Wilson even said of the award, “The most insulting Razzie is the one you get for playing yourself. And the only other person I know of who has won one as himself was President Bush… for Fahrenheit 9/11.”
Hehehehe, what an irony.

10. The Little Rascals (1994)
The Film: A big-screen adaptation of Hal Roach’s Our Gang short film series from the early 20th century, The Little Rascals was mostly scorned by critics (though Roger Ebert was a voice of dissent, praising the film), yet was a considerable box office success and has endured as a cult favourite ever since.
The Cameo: When young Waldo takes part in a go-kart race, he pulls out a mid-90s cell phone mid-race and calls his father, who of course is played by Trump. As Waldo proudly claims he’s going to win the race, Trump replies, “Waldo, you’re the best son money can buy.” Waldo then thanks his dad and hangs up.
Well, it’s certainly not Razzie-worthy, so that’s something, and does at least seem self-aware enough to poke fun at his dispassionately wealthy image.
Also, does that guy behind Trump look like Edward Norton or what?

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