‘The Apprentice’ Director Calls Trump a Fascist at Cannes


The director of The Apprentice labeled former President Donald Trump as a fascist at the movie’s world premiere Monday at the Cannes Film Festival.

Immediately after the screening at the festival’s main venue, an evidently thrilled Ali Abbasi addressed the crowd of global cinema elites, who enthusiastically applauded the movie.

“When we did this movie, everyone said, why do you want to make a movie about Trump? If you want to tell something about the world, do it in a nice way, in a metaphorical way,” the director said, before adding: “There is no nice metaphorical way to deal with the rising wave of fascism.”

The audience loudly cheered his comments.

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Disney-Marvel actor Sebastian Stan portrays Trump as a young man seeking to make his mark on New York and coming under the influence of Roy Cohn (Succession star Jeremy Strong). The movie also explores Trump’s relationships with his father (Martin Donovan) and first wife, Ivana (Borat 2 actress Maria Bakalova).

The Apprentice, whose writing credits include journalist Gabriel Sherman, doesn’t have a U.S. distributor yet. The movie wasn’t financed by a Hollywood studio but rather through various foreign companies as well as domestic investors.

Ali Abbasi, an Iranian-born director, rose to prominence with the movies Border and Holy Spider. The Apprentice marks his first American film.

Potential distributors will have to consider some of the movie’s incendiary and highly contested accusations before investing. The movie reportedly includes a scene where Trump rapes his wife, Ivana.

The Apprentice is competing for the top prize at Cannes, with the winners set to be announced on Saturday.

David Ng
David Ng
Senior reporter covering media, entertainment, and corporate America. Previously, David was with the Los Angeles Times for 12 years, providing comprehensive coverage of the entertainment industry, including investigative pieces on some of LA’s landmark cultural institutions.

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