If you thought Ohio Gov. John Kasich finishing second in the New Hampshire primary was a surprise, check this out: Funny or Die made a parody biopic about Donald Trump, starring Johnny Depp, Patton Oswalt, Michaela Watkins and Alfred Molina, and kept it a secret until they could release it to coincide with Trump's primary win.
Funny or Die Presents Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie follows Trump's obsessive quest to purchase the Taj Majal from Merv Griffin (Oswalt). Numerous references are made to Trump's 1987 bestseller The Art of The Deal, which is credited with convincing Griffin to sell the Taj Mahal to Trump on his 40th birthday. Producer Ron Howard introduces the movie-of-the-week style film as uncovered years after Trump hid it away, furious that a Monday Night Football game pre-empted its broadcast. It's told largely from Trump's point of view, though it mercilessly mocks him.
Funny or Die co-founder Adam McKay told the New York Times the movie “was a crazy, completely nuts idea that somehow we pulled off." Indeed, it's pretty incredible that Funny or Die was able to keep the project a secret for so long, especially given its high-profile cast (even the little kid from Room is in there).
The idea for the movie began with Funny or Die's editor-in-chief Owen Burke. “The plan was to move really fast because we thought Trump would go away, as least as a presidential candidate,” Burke told the Times. “When he bizarrely didn’t go away, we had a little more time. But that meant keeping the secret for longer.”
Trump has yet to respond publicly to Art of The Deal: The Movie, maybe because he's been having trouble watching it: Interest in the movie appears to be crashing Funny or Die's website.