Helen Mirren wants to play Donald Trump, calling him 'a fantastic sort of slightly Shakespearean character'
Seen any good Trump impressions lately?
As part of the interview series The Hollywood Masters, Helen Mirren dropped a lifeline to your Monday when she hinted at interest in portraying president Donald Trump.
"I mean what a fascinating character," the Oscar-winning actress says. "What an extraordinary character. I mean that’s a character isn’t it, the real thing? I would say real life is so much more interesting than anything you can make up, you know. But you know, a fantastic sort of slightly Shakespearean character. He may have a Shakespearean fall, I don’t know but you know, he is an extraordinary character.”
This seems like a joke but her proposed-approach sparks some intrigue. It seems like she's already begun forming an idea on how to tackle the role.
"You look at the upbringing," Mirren says. "You look at the schooling, the father, the mother. It all begins with examining the subject's background. That's what you have to start with; the child. And the child is very much in Trump."
There are no official plans to book Mirren as Donald J., but I suddenly have an urge to see it happen. Her transformation into Queen Elizabeth II earned her the "Best Actress" nod in "The Queen" and while that role isn't quite the stretch that Trump would be, I'm interested to see if she can pull it off.
As Mirren said, herself, she's "almost got the hair."