Matt Damon: Trump Made Directors Create “Bullshit” Roles For Him In Order To Film At Trump Tower

“The deal was that if you wanted to shoot in one of his buildings, you had to write him in a part. [Director] Martin Brest had to write something in Scent of a Woman — and the whole crew was in on it. You have to waste an hour of your day with a bullshit shot: Donald Trump walks in and Al Pacino’s like, ‘Hello, Mr. Trump!’ — you had to call him by name — and then he exits. You waste a little time so that you can get the permit, and then you can cut the scene out. But I guess in Home Alone 2 they left it in.” – Matt Damon, speaking to the Hollywood Reporter.

  • PickyPecker

    dRUMPf on the cutting room floor. I’m liking it!

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    But why would anybody other than Robert Mueller want to film anything in there?

  • DrRobY

    Now how to do that in real life….

    • Christopher

      If ONLY it were possible to leave Cheetolini on the cutting room floor now.

      Anyone got a really big eraser, or stain remover? How do we edit him out of office? Make it like it never was!

  • Gustav2

    The question now is:

    Why would anyone want a Trump building in a movie, unless it starred Kirk Cameron?

    • OdieDenCO

      towering inferno comes to mind

    • liondon#iamnotatraitor

      Left in my behind…. The story of Kirk’s broomstick.

    • Dagoril

      A lot of movies do most of their filming on a studio set. To make it more convincing, they do “establishing shots” near well-known landmarks, so people think the whole thing was filmed on location. It’s cheaper to do that then to film the whole thing on location.

  • PickyPecker
    • another_steve

      Lovers of classic TV will enjoy Rod Serling’s 1959 take on Sunset Boulevard called “The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine,” starring the fabulous Ida Lupino.

      Here’s a short clip. The full Twilight Zone episode is probably available, free, somewhere on the web.

      • PickyPecker

        OK. Did I mention I was gay?
        Can’t let the mention of Sunset Blvd. go without posting some broadway music. A lovely song performed by the one and only Elaine Paige. (sigh)

        • Silver Badger

          Are you sure you’re gay? My mother told me it was just a phase I was going through.

          • Joe in PA

            75 years ago. 🙂

          • Silver Badger

            You slander me! It was only 50 years ago!

          • Joe in PA

            Sorry, that was just too easy (like @pickypecker) for me not to take that shot. 🙂 Teasing dear!

          • Silver Badger

            Not a problem, but I’m not telling you how old I was when she said that!

          • Joe in PA


          • Funny how parents never tell their children that heterosexuality is a phase.

          • Ugh, I got that from my aunt. “Lots of girls have close, intense friendships when they’re young, it doesn’t mean anything, and you grow out of it.”

            17 years later, I’m still enjoying my “close, intense friendship.” :p

        • Joe in PA

          Pffft, as Ida Lupino says: “you’re just an aging broad with a scrapbook.


        • Karl Dubhe

          Are you saying that if you didn’t like that you’re not gay?


          • Silver Badger

            That’s why we stole the rainbow. We include the entire human spectrum in our numbers!

          • Karl Dubhe

            Punk’s not dead.

            That’s all I’m saying…

          • I’m with you on that! Terrible horrible slow emotional song. If I have to listen to someone sing about emotions, I want loud, screaming hard drumming emotions.

        • Joe in PA

          I had to watch that over on Youtube (stinking commercials when you watch in stream)…there were a BUNCH of versions of that song…Glenn Close of course, but Patti Lupone, Streisand, even Shirley Bassey. What an incredible song.

          • Amanda B. Rekendwith

            AdBlockPlus is a charm.

        • another_steve

          Thanks for that PP. Paige’s version of that song is lovely.

          For fellow Gleeks reading here, Chris Colfer’s also-lovely version:

          • Amanda B. Rekendwith

            Love him dearly, but his effort seems a bit reedy when compared to bigger pipes…
            plus,,,she did this as the first song on her return from self-imposed exile. She WAS the song.
            Win goes to Babs.


          • another_steve

            Well the Colfer boy is a mere babe, after all. 😉

            I’ve lost friends saying this… but to my ear the Babs tends to over-emote a bit sometimes and drown out the lovely melodies of the lovely tunes she sings. A bit too much of THE STREISAND and not quite enough of the tune.

            Please don’t block me as a result of the above. I’m really very gay and into the girl (for the most part).

          • Amanda B. Rekendwith

            I know what you mean about her (occasional/frequent)over-emoting, but this is one song that I give her a full pass on.
            I heard her do this live once and my goosebumps had goosebumps. Pure joy.

          • joeyj1220

            Babs always brightens my day… thanks for sharing

        • Christopher

          The Hubbinator LOVES this performance.

          • Amanda B. Rekendwith

            I want that outfit. And accessories.
            She more than did justice to that song.
            One of my faves, too.

        • Wait! Your gay? No! I couldn’t be more shocked if I tried.

          Ok, don’t hurt me, but I’ve never heard of Elaine Paige. But that music isn’t my cup of tea at all. Way, way to slow and shudder emotional.

      • Joe in PA

        Thanks for the reminder about Ida, underrated for sure. I used to get her mixed up with Susan Hayward (I know: gasp). But let’s not talk about them, lets talk about John Gavin:

      • Christopher

        Twilight Zone is available on Hulu.

        I just watched that episode a month ago. (Been binge watching the series lately.)

        Sad, melancholy, and in the end, bittersweet. It really is a fantastic story.

        • another_steve

          I’m a TZ fanatic. Own all the books and the complete box set. I can recite entire dialogue segments verbatim.

          Anytime you want to chat about an episode, knock on my door.

  • the “home alone 2” part is a very nice jab. Matt knows snark. 😉

  • Fucking fraud.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Here comes the tweet from the raging pumpkin.”Matt Damon grew fat! Has been! No Talent! Sad!”

  • Gustav2

    Ummm, the ‘Scent of a Woman’ character knew it was Trump. There is a joke there.

    • Treant

      Or he just smelled fear when people walked toward the cabinet containing his tax returns.

    • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

      If it smells like soiled diapers and rotten oranges, it’s pretty easy to guess who it is.

    • Uncle Mark

      He could smell the melange of corruption, Rubles, and failure a mile away

  • Talisman

    Easy solution: Don’t film there.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Too many bought into his facade of successful wealthy businessman and use that in films as the symbol. Now many are awaken to find out who they actually brought home to bed in the hour of desperation.

      • JWC

        He probably felt because of a “spot” appearance in a movie it makes him an actor , much like his “spot” appearance at the Whit House

        • RoFaWh

          And his battles against STDs, fully the equivalent of fighting in the Viet Nam war.

          • don

            The heartbreak of bone spurs.

            There is nothing I despise more, than craven scum like tRump and so many on the ‘right’ that did everything they could to get out of fighting in Vietnam, and turn into filthy warmongers as old men.

            Hell cannot be hot enough for them.

  • Michael R

    Trump won a Razzie Award in 1991 for
    ” Ghosts Can’t Do It ”

    He never picked it up

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Anthony Quinn couldn’t keep a straight face?

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Such a smug, punchable puss.

    • JWC

      cheap fawning adulation

  • That_Looks_Delicious
    • Treant

      “Come and watch Fox with us, Danny. Forever and ever and ever…”

      • Ken M

        If you have a couple minutes, you get to see all the wives too.

        • Nychta


        • olandp

          I’ll pass, and use the time to trim my nails.

          • Amanda B. Rekendwith

            Trim them? Just scratch my eyes out first.

        • DN

          I appreciate you putting it out there, but holy fuck does this video remind me how much I hate him.

          Oh and also there’s a shot of Melania from Zoolander, which makes me want to remind everyone – once again – she’s an illegal fucking immigrant. She lied on her naturalization application, insofar as she worked in the U.S. in the 1990s without a visa. Illegal immigrant.

    • bkmn
    • AtticusP



      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        NITUP NITUP!!

    • Uncle Mark

      AISSUR….AISSUR !! (Instead of “REDRUM”)

  • Natty Enquirer

    What would be the point of requiring an appearance but allowing it to be cut out of the finished film?

  • another_steve

    A psychopathic ego maniac. The United States of America has as its current president a psychopathic ego maniac.


    • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

      Sociopathic, too.

      Hell, just throw the whole DSM 5 in there.

  • bkmn

    And I am sure he charged them a nice bit of rent for filming there too

  • Steven B

    Someone find out who’s making the next Sharknado movie?

  • ChrisInKansas

    I need a gif of Ralph Wiggum saying, “I’m a movie star!” right now!!

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    ….and no profile shots please.

  • Since the 1980s, I’ve seen Trump as a curiosity, a walking lampoon of himself. He seemed like a put-on, but I’m convinced he didn’t realize he came off as a buffoon. It’s the main reason, I still can’t fit his win (or his supporters) in my head. How could enough people be ***impressed*** by this clown to vote for and remain loyal to him?

    • Stogiebear

      I initially read that as, “Since the 1980s, I’ve seen Trump as a curiosity, a walking tampon.”

      • Thorn Spike

        Tampons serve a useful purpose.

        • bambinoitaliano

          He is behaving like one since he sees blood coming out of everywhere from women who challenge his tiny brain.

      • MountainBoy

        Me too!

    • Octoberfurst

      That’s the great mystery isn’t it? Trump is obviously an arrogant buffoon but yet his followers think he is the greatest thing ever. I don’t get it.

      • canoebum

        They’re dumber than a box of rocks. It’s not complicated.

        • Todd20036

          And less moral than said rocks, too

      • Gerry Fisher

        IMO, it’s all narcissistic and mood dependent; they are applying *no* logical analysis about his “greatness.” For many years, as a fixture in the gossip rags and on “The Apprentice,” he *amused* them, he made them feel good. In particular, he’s brasher than most of them dare to be, because they fear consequences (and he appears to suffer *no* consequences). He gave them entertaining warm fuzzies, and they gave him enough votes to win the electoral college. If you listen to enough of them very closely, many will say, “We know he’s a fool/jerk/ass, but…!” The “but” part is that he amused them and got away with “murder” while doing so, and they’re living vicariously through him.

        Theoretically, they’ll fall when he falls. However, like him, they’ll find a way to rationalize that it was someone else’s fault, probably the fault of some black guy or “the immigrants.” Narcissists never take responsibility for what they’ve done or failed to do. That goes for his supporters, too.

    • Because Hillary….

      • don

        She spoke to bank executives!!!1

    • Carl

      He’s what they would be if they had money.

      • RoFaWh

        A poor man’s idea of what a rich man is like…

        • robindaybird

          also a stupid man’s idea of a smart man

      • thatotherjean

        He’s what they think they’d like to be if they had money. In real life, they’d find out pretty quickly that they’d lose all their friends in a hurry, and have a very hard time making new ones.

    • Randy503

      You bet. My religious right wing sister loves him, absolutely worships him. She watched The Apprentice slavishly and told me I should apply to be a contestant. She really believes it was real and that Trump was a brilliant mind that you can learn a lot from.

      She wants to be dazzled (hence her belief in miracles, religion, god, etc), likes easy answers that support her worldview (it’s easy to build a wall and then we will all be safe ever after). Never underestimate how many people are just like her in the US.

      • Mike__in_Houston

        That reminds me of the guy who told me I really needed to watch Glenn Beck because he is a modern-day prophet. I agreed to try, just so I could say I did. After three minutes I was ready to throw something at the television screen, and that was the end of that experiment.

        • don

          ‘reality’ shows indeed, they are anything BUT. No wonder low-information voters hoover them up. Though I do know some ‘educated’ ones who bought into them too, big surprise, they also voted for Shitgibbon (no offense to gibbons).

    • Galvestonian

      I’m convinced it’s the ultra bigots – white power and ignorant, anti-immigrant, trashy professed non-mainline Christians other than Southern Baptist and absolutely devoted to Fox News. Education to them is a waste of time and perhaps even scary – getting educated is getting too citified and puffed up.

    • Chris Baker

      I have felt the same way. He bubbled up in the 1980s and I never saw the appeal. (Maybe partly because nothing about NYC appealed to me back then and he was just some guy who owned some buildings. — And I had outgrown my ‘brass’ phase in the sixth grade. Brass is not gold.). Plus the Marla Maples thing, which just on the fringes of my attention…. And then I watched the Apprentice for one or two seasons and just didn’t get the appeal. He lacked any appeal and I couldn’t understand why people were falling all over themselves to get his attention.

      He has zero personality and has the personal warmth and charm of a subway tile. Does he laugh? Does he even smile? My completely uneducated guess is that he has some sort of autism. He can’t really relate to actual human beings.

      • Mike__in_Houston

        “My completely uneducated guess is that he has some sort of autism.” This morning on Joy Reid AM, people (and not just the best people) were talking about his having no empathy for others. This is something he might be able to learn to sort of emulate, such as that shit show he is currently putting on at a Houston shelter, but I’ll never believe it is for real. He’s shown who he really is too many times, and I’m sure he’ll eventually do it in Houston as well, and sooner rather than later.

  • safari

    If only there was a way to edit out his presidency

    • Ninja0980

      And the judges he’s put on the courts too.

      • JWC

        As he has dne a total purge of anything Obama when the time comes a total purge of trump and where practical a default back to Obama

    • OdieDenCO

      you can’t change reality, but you can blur it with alcohol.

    • coram nobis

      As long as there’s no sequel.

    • Ross

      Sigh. If only. Sigh.

  • AtticusP
    • Carl

      I hated him and all his stupid cameos years ago.

      Remember when he made that big deal about the beauty contest contestant who kissed a girl at a bar or some nothing burger nonsense? What a dick.

      • Emma Duncan

        I started hating him, whenever he showed up on “lifestyles of the rich and famous” which, was pretty much every week during the 80’s, showing the equally repellant Robin Leach, his solid gold toilet seat.

    • SFBruce

      I hardly knew he existed, but to the extent I was aware of him, I just dismissed him as a rich, completely unserious playboy I never watched The Apprentice because I thought the premise was just too ridiculous, and trust me, I’ve watched more than my share of cheesy television. When he announced his candidacy I thought it wouldn’t last more than a few weeks.

      • AtticusP

        I remember visiting Manhattan with a bunch of family members and friends in the early 90s. Some of the others needed to use the facilities, so they availed themselves of the ones in Trump Tower.

        I waited outside, because I knew that Trump was an asshole even then, and I didn’t even want to set foot inside his garish little skyscraper.

        • Steve Smith

          When I was in New York 30 years ago, I had heard of the famous Trump tower. I remember being rather shocked by its sheer tawdriness. All that tacky gold stuck on a very uninteresting building.

          • Peter

            Trump is the epitome of white trash. They decorate their places as how the poor imagine luxurious surroundings. No class, no style, just over the top puffery.

          • Emma Duncan

            his lack of taste, reminds me of those old TBN sets that Paul Crouch, told us were decorated by Jan Crouch, lots of tasteless golden cherubs, etc…

    • Ronald Reagan is Dead!
    • TrueWords
      • Emma Duncan

        words to live by.

    • zhera

      In this case I think we’re all hipsters. 😉

    • NMNative

      If you pay attention to just about any kind of news or read a newspaper or turn on a tv once in awhile, you will eventually have seen him or his name in something. You simply can’t avoid it when you have a man with the gargantuan ego that little dj has and his id’s constant need for reassurance.
      For me, I’ve never seen an episode of the apprentice, nor have I ever watched him in an interview or listened to the little man in anyway.
      Even now, I will not watch him or listen to him intentionally. I’ll get the gist out of whatever bs is flowing from his piehole via the NYT, the news networks and JMG without having to subject myself to the nightmare visage of his ugly mug in front of me.
      Not to mention that disaster of a balding man’s comb over.
      Or that nasty, vile, grating, irritating tone he uses all the fucking time.
      Or the smirk, that pompous, arrogant, Mussolini like smirk.

  • Paris

    What a pig. I mean ham.

  • Michael McReavy

    Off topic: An interesting article on rescuing gays from persecution in Chechnya.

  • Octoberfurst

    Doesn’t surprise me at all that our egomaniac, ultra-narcissistic President wanted to have a cameo in every movie that was filmed on his property. Hell I’m surprised that he didn’t demand that every scene he was in had people fawning all over him and saying how great he was. I can see it now.
    >scene–Matt Damon is walking into Trump Tower and sees Donny standing in the corner being admired by a bevy of beautiful womenMatt licks Donny’s boots before moving on<
    Yep I could see Trump wanting that.

    • bkmn

      That was the only way he could get the adulation from Hollywood that he craves so much. He really will be pissed off when someone in Hwood makes a movie about him that is very unflattering.

      • RoFaWh

        Coming in ten, nine, eight…

  • safari
    • Tomcat

      Why use your own money when taxpayers can bail your asses out.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        Yet somehow others are moochers & takers, not them.

    • Karl Dubhe

      WTH? I’ll bet they make sure that anyone who applies for welfare will also be required to prove that they’re totally broke.

      Do unto others, motherfuckers…

      • Silver Badger

        Don’t forget the drug tests!

        • I actually had a huge fight about this with someone just the other day. They claimed if they drug tested all the welfare folks it would drop millions of people off the dole. When i told them how much money Florida had spent doing just that, and had caught a tiny sliver of folks, they weren’t well disposed to believe me. I had to google it to show them I was right. They grumbled and while, and finally agreed that not everyone on the dole is a druggie.

          • Octoberfurst

            Reality has a liberal bias.

          • Gil

            And how much did it cost to drug test these people ?

          • Exactly!

          • thatotherjean

            Thank you for being persistent. Too many people really do believe that.

          • Reality.Bites

            I’m not sure why drug users supposedly don’t deserve the same pathetic scraps we give to everyone anyway.

          • I don’t either!

          • DonnaLee

            Drug test everyone in Congress, since that’s taxpayer money, and i think the country would get the true lazy drug users off the dole.

    • coram nobis

      Look on the bright side: it might not rain in Texas in 2019. At all. Or the next five years after that.

      • Chucktech

        I’m sure a generous dollop of prayer will fix that.

        • coram nobis

          Or Donald can slather on some emoluments.

        • William

          When Rick Perry prayed for rain, we got fire.

    • I knew Abbot is a cold cruel heartless person, but this is horrific.

    • thatotherjean

      If that wasn’t rain, what was it? Since they’ve turned down aid from Canada (and Mexico?), where are they getting the money for restoration? They aren’t going to go beg it from the Federal government–since they voted against aid for Sandy–are they? Oh. . .of course they are.

    • UrsusArctos

      In some ways, this may be a good thing. As the late, great, Molly Ivins said “The Texas Legislature will soon be in session, God forbid, leaving many a village without its idiot.”

  • SoCalGal20

    OT but really…Mueller is going to be handing out Obstruction indictments for people in the WH like Oprah on one of her Christmas specials at this rate.

    • Gustav2

      My takeaway: Don’t let it rain when he wants to play golf or NK is in big trouble.

      • SoCalGal20

        There’s that. But if this story is accurate a LOT of people in the WH are on the hook for obstruction of justice.

        • Skeptical_Inquirer

          I hope that means there is a lot of flippage going on though I now worry that Trump’s pardoning may make people quiet.

          • SoCalGal20

            Sure, he can pardon people but that is an admission of guilt. They can then be compelled to testify and connot plead the fifth. Also, if Pence did anything shady in New York or in Indiana, Trump couldn’t protect him from state charges. So Mueller still has some leverage.

    • bkmn

      And we finally have confirmation that Pence was in the room while Trump read the draft of the letter to fire Comey with – the one the lawyers forced him not to use that basically said he was firing Comey because he would not publicly say Trump was not being investigated. That means Pence was fully aware that Trump was obstructing justice and did nothing, other than going along, which is a crime.

      • SoCalGal20


        Get ready for your closeup, Mike Pence!

    • coram nobis

      It’s on topic, SoCalGal. Donald could have a role in the re-make of “The Trial”.

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    So, this is the first time Hollywood has wasted resources to satisfy one ego?

  • Ken M

    He makes it sound like it’s the only luxury hotel in town. My first question would be, why shoot there in the first place. Hard to believe Trump gave them a deal, lil spot in the movie, or not. On the cutting room floor is a nice visual though. Believ it or gets worse.

    • coram nobis

      How often did the female co-stars end up on the cutting room floor?

      • Ken M

        Probably depended on what wife he was on.

    • grada3784

      And then there are the Faux Trump cameos like the one near the end of Meet the Spartans, where the faux Trump fires Spiderman.

      • Ken M

        Through all the changes in his hair color : )

  • coram nobis

    The scenes write themselves.

    FERRIS BUELLER: Hello, Mr. Trump.
    TRUMP: Hello.
    HARPO MARX: (throws pie at TRUMP)

    – – –

    MOE HOWARD: Who’s at the door? (opens)
    TRUMP: It’s me.
    CURLY HOWARD: Nyuk nyuk. (throws bucket of water on TRUMP)

    – – –
    DONALD TRUMP: (opens door to suite) Hello?
    DRACULA: I bid you welcome. (chomp)
    HANNIBAL LECTER: I didn’t order ham! Oh, well, must make do.

    • coram nobis

      TRUMP: (makes entrance out of ground with smoke and flame) Start spreading the news!
      DOROTHY: Toto, I really don’t think we’re in Kansas any more.
      SHOP STEWARD for LOLLIPOP GUILD: Hey, you deadbeat!! Where’s our salaries? Pay up or Manhattan gets a general strike.
      GLINDA THE GOOD: You have no power here, Donald. Begone, or we’ll drop a penthouse on you.

  • Darrel Cj

    I bet Dump calls out his own name during sex.

    • Karl Dubhe


    • I could see that! But, what version of his name does he use? I’m betting on Donald J. trump.

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        “That’s Mister Trump to you, Mister Trump!” he moans to himself (and to any supernumeraries who happen to be present).

    • barrixines

      Tell me mine’s the bigliest, Melanka.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      I bet he calls out Jared’s name.

    • Chicago joe

      just to drown out invaka’s gagging sounds!

  • Ken M
  • SFBruce

    The only things that surprises me about this is the fact that apparently the agreement with little Donnie didn’t include the studio’s assurance his scene would be in the final cut.

    • Lazycrockett

      He’s moved on by then. He just needs the instant gratification.

  • Lazycrockett

    Drumpf and Abbot are bribing lil kids with toys to get them to take pictures with them.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      Their mothers tied pork chops around their necks to get the dogs to play with them.

  • fuzzybits

    There are plenty of other buildings.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Unless the scene calls for a tacky one.

      • Halou

        Want a film that carries a 1980’s dictator chic? Trump Tower is the place to be.

  • Texndoc

    I don’t remember ever seeing any Trump in a movie except Ivana at the end of “First Wives Club”giving divorce settlement advice:

  • motordog
  • Johnny Wyeknot

    I would have done the same if someone wanted to film in my building. And I would have demanded hair and makeup. And wardrobe. Why the fuck not?

    • Snarky

      And craft services! You want to film in my building, I get some muffins from a truck.

  • Jack

    No place else to shoot in NY? Shame.

  • justme

    And now Little Donnie is included in America’s history.
    A sad , sad chapter for the future to read about

  • Mike__in_Houston

    I’ve never seen Home Alone 2, and now I’m sure I never will…

  • Gianni

    Such a pompous, egotistical ass.

  • Happy_Housewife

    What’s the big appeal of filming at Trump Tower? It’s a horrible place – garish and loud.

    I can see the appeal of The Plaza, but other than that (which he doesn’t own any more, having lost it in bankruptcy) and Mar-A-Largo, none of his properties are anything to get excited about.

  • JCF

    I bet that explains his appearance in Sex and the City (the one where Samantha briefly dates an old RICH guy—until she sees his naked ass! On the nose, eh, Melania?)