If you were to somehow wake up this morning and discover that you had angered Raven-Symone or Zosia Mamet, let’s be honest, you’d probably still be able to have a pretty decent day. But what if Johnny Depp told millions of his fans that you were a brat? What if George Clooney said that you were going to fail miserably in the quest for your next job?
In a nutshell, that’s the situation Donald Trump woke up to Thursday (May 12). While part of his schtick may be a tough-talking, nobody-can-take-me-down billionaire, it can’t feel good to suddenly have Hollywood’s biggest stars lining up against you. Honestly, how could you ever try to enjoy “Ocean’s 11” or “Pirates of the Caribbean” again without the thought “Hey, that dude hates me!” ruining all the good scenes?
No matter what your political leanings, this much seems clear: Now that Trump is the presumptive GOP candidate for president, Hollywood is taking its attacks to the next level. So take a seat on the bench, Waka Flocka Flame — here comes the all-star team.
It began Wednesday (May 11), when Depp was promoting his role as the Mad Hatter in “Alice Through the Looking Glass” but couldn’t resist taking shots at another possibly-mad ruler with a strange creation on his head.
“Here’s the thing,” Depp says of the billionaire Republican. “If Donald Trump is elected president of the United States, in a kind of historical way it’s exciting because we will see the actual last president of the United States.”
That’s right — according to the former “Jump Street” star, if Trump beats the Democrats it’s time to kiss the White House goodbye. “It just won’t work after that,” he insists.
In a separate interview last March at Arizona State University, Depp called the former “Apprentice” host “a brat.”
Staying consistent with the public’s perception of both leading men, Depp’s comments were over-the-top and a bit eccentric — while Clooney’s were more measured and matter-of-fact.
“There’s not going to be a President Donald Trump,” Clooney says. “That’s not going to happen. Fear is not going to be something that drives our country. We’re not going to be scared of Muslims or immigrants or women. We’re not actually afraid of anything.”
A well-versed student of the media and politics, Clooney has given his take on both in films like “Good Night, and Good Luck” and “The Ides of March.” Logically, he tied the whole Trump phenomenon to the billionaire’s ability to feed the media beast.
“Trump is actually a result in many ways of the fact that much of the news programs didn’t follow up and ask tough questions,” explains the star. “Twenty-four-hour news doesn’t mean you get more news, it means you get the same news more.”
Continuing his stance, Clooney lamented all the attention Trump has received over another cause that is close to his heart. “More and more and more you hear these guys, their ratings go up because they can show an empty podium saying ‘Donald Trump is about to speak,'” he explains. “As opposed to taking those 30 seconds and saying, ‘Well, let’s talk about refugees,’ which is the biggest crisis going on in the world right now.”
So, which Hollywood A-listers are in the on-deck circle, getting ready to take their swings before the November election? With things continuing to heat up, it seems like the names are just going to keep getting bigger.