‘This waste is pure fiction’

Former President Donald Trump’s campaign is hitting back after the premiere of the controversial film “The Apprentice,” which chronicles the 2024 presidential candidate’s early years as a real estate developer.

“We will file a lawsuit to address the blatantly false claims made by these so-called filmmakers,” Trump campaign chief spokesman Steven Cheung said in a statement to Variety. “This garbage is pure fiction that sensationalizes lies that have long been debunked. Like the illegal Biden trials, this is election interference by Hollywood elites, who know that President Trump will retake the White House and defeat the candidate of his choice because nothing they have done has worked.”

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Cheung’s statement continues: “This ‘movie’ is pure malicious slander, should not see the light of day and does not even deserve a place in the straight-to-DVD section of an upcoming movie bargain bin. closed discount movie store, it belongs in a dumpster fire.

A possible lawsuit from the Trump camp would not be the first legal blow to ‘The Apprentice’. Dan Snyder, the former billionaire owner of the Washington Commanders and investor in “The Apprentice,” also took issue with the film’s portrayal of the 45th president. VarietyTatiana Siegel reported this on Monday.

Sources say Snyder, a friend of Trump’s who donated $1.1. million to his inaugural committee and Trump Victory in 2016 and $100,000 to his 2020 presidential campaign, put money into the film through Kinematics because he felt it was a flattering portrayal of the 45th president.

After the film’s screening in February, Kinematics’ lawyers were called in to challenge the project’s release.

Sebastian Stan (“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”) stars as Trump, while Jeremy Strong (“Succession”) plays lawyer and fixer Roy Cohn and Maria Bakalova (“Borat 2”) plays Trump’s first wife, Ivana Trump.

The film, which received an eight-minute standing ovation Monday after its debut at the Cannes Film Festival, features a slew of unflattering scenes in which Trump takes amphetamine pills, undergoes liposuction, undergoes surgery to remove his bald spot, and, most controversially, a scene in which he violently throws his then-wife Ivana to the ground and then has sex with her without mutual consent.

The film is directed by ‘Holy Spider’ filmmaker Ali Abbasi and written by journalist Gabriel Sherman.

In his review of the photo, Variety chief film critic Owen Gleiberman praised Stan and Strong’s central performances, but argued that after a strong start, the film doesn’t quite hold up. “For its first half, ‘The Apprentice’ is something of a knockout: the behind-the-scenes look at how Trump has evolved, as many of us have imagined for so long, and watching it is both compelling and riveting,” he writes.

“The Trump we see passes through a mirror of betrayal and uses his empire – and what is left of his emotions – to within an inch of his life. And once that happens, we’re simply watching a well-acted TV movie made up of well-known anecdotes, built around the Trump we already know. At that point, “The Apprentice,” as good as it is, becomes much less interesting. The mystery the film never solves is what Trump was thinking deep inside when he chose to become Donald Trump,” Gleiberman concludes.

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