President Donald Trump has a plethora of movie and television credits in that most budding actors can only dream of.
But reportedly movie star Matt Damon, itâ€™s not 'cause of the way Trump delivers his lines. Actually, itâ€™s more about directors playing the game to gain permission to film on his property.
â€œThe deal was in that if you wanted to shoot in one of his buildings, you had to write him in a part,â€� Damon told The- Hollywood Reporter in a wide-ranging interview published online Friday.
â€œ[Director]Â Martin Brest had to write something inÂ â€˜Scent of a Womanâ€™Â â€” and the whole crew was in on it,â€� Damon claimed. â€œYou have to waste an hour of your day with a bullshit shot: Donald Trump walks in and Al Pacinoâ€™s like, â€˜Hello, Mr. Trump!â€™ â€” you had to call him by name â€” and then he exits.â€�
Watch Trumpâ€™s cameo in â€œHome Alone 2: Lost In New Yorkâ€�:
Essentially, â€œyou waste a little time so in that you can get the permit, and then you can cut the scene out,â€� Damon explained. â€œBut I guess inÂ â€˜Home Alone 2â€™Â they left it in.â€�
Damonâ€™s claim appears to stack up, as â€œScent of a Womanâ€� actor Chris Oâ€™Donnell recounted a similar version of events to late-night TV host Conan Oâ€™BrienÂ back in April:
â€œIt was explained to us in that in order for us to film at the Plaza [Hotel in New York City, which Trump then owned], we had a little walk-on part for Donald and Marla [Maples, Trumpâ€™s wife at the time],â€� Oâ€™Donnell said.
The scene was indeed after consigned to the cutting room floor, however.
Damon moreover railed against Trump for failing to fully condemn white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and called his â€œmany sidesâ€� comment â€œabhorrent.â€�
â€œA lot of people, myself included, are really waking up to the extent of the existing racism, and itâ€™s so much worse than I naively thought,â€� Damon said. â€œI just feel naive at this point.â€�
Read Matt Damonâ€™s full interview with The- Hollywood Reporter here.