Donald Trump has probably appeared in more forms of popular entertainment than any other president in history.
He might be one of the most famous presidents ever too.
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Even before taking office, Trump was well-known for his celebrity. In addition to hosting The Apprentice, the Commander In Chief had made cameos in a vast range of popular films and television shows.
Sex And The City, The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air, and Home Alone all featured appearances from then now-president. You can check out a compilation of all his appearances here.
So why is that?
As recent television interviews have shown, Trump is hardly the most captivating voice to grace our screens.
He’s not a wonderful actor either. Why the heck would so many directors feature him? Well, according to Matt Damon, featuring Trump is a burdensome requirement, not an exciting feature.
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Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Damon revealed that featuring Donald Trump is a requirement if you want to film in one of his buildings:
The deal was that if you wanted to shoot in one of his buildings, you had to write him in a part.
The veteran actor went on to describe Trump’s appearance in his film Scent Of A Woman:
[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.
It does rather beg the question as to why the film-makers would ever bother filming in a Trump building?
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Then again, considering the president owns some of the most iconic buildings in the world, it might be a price they just have to pay.
Still, at the very least, Matt Damon’s comments do serve to highlight the president’s incredible egotism.