This week, orange-skinned businessman and former Apprentice host Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, which is a bit like Lord Sir Alan Sugar becoming Prime Minister. Trump didn't always want to be President, though, oh no. In fact, a look at his extensive imdb page reveals that he spent almost twenty years pursuing an acting career, although he usually played a character called Donald Trump. To, ahem, celebrate Trump becoming POTUS, we've rounded up some of his most notable big screen appearances, along with his lines of dialogue.
1. “Down the hall and to the left” - Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
Trump's most famous big screen appearance occurs in the 1992 sequel to Home Alone, in which Kevin McCallister (Macauley Culkin) winds up in New York after getting separated from his parents at the airport. Being the resourceful young tyke he is, he heads straight for the Plaza Hotel and scams himself a room. As he enters the hotel he asks a passing stranger for directions and said stranger turns out to be none other than Donald Trump. After uttering the immortal line, “Down the hall and to the left”, Trump does a poorly executed double take after Kevin continues on his merry way.
2. “I hear Kelson finally dumped you” - Two Weeks Notice (2002)
In the 2002 romcom Two Weeks Notice (that missing apostrophe is still just as annoying 15 years later), Trump pops up at a party to taunt fellow billionaire business tycoon George Wade (Hugh Grant) about being dumped by his idealistic lawyer, Lucy Kelson (Sandra Bullock). After further threatening to steal Kelson's replacement, Trump does a comedically rapid, totally unexplained exit, leaving a spluttering Wade in his wake.
3. “Waldo, you're the best son money can buy” - The Little Rascals (1994)
Based on the classic Our Gang shorts, 1994's family comedy The Little Rascals centred on the adventures of a group of plucky neighbourhood children with names like Spanky, Alfalfa and Darla. The plot involves Darla (Brittany Ashton Holmes) falling for rich kid Waldo Trump (Blake McIver Ewing), who persuades her to be his partner in an upcoming go-kart race. Just before the race, Waldo calls his father, who turns out to be – oh, you guessed. This time, The Donald gets to utter the words every young boy wants to hear: “Waldo, you're the best son money can buy”.
4. “Look, without Derek Zoolander, male modelling wouldn't be what it is today” - Zoolander (2001)
Ben Stiller's 2001 comedy was packed full of celebrity cameos, so you can't really blame Trump for getting in on the guest appearance action. Here he draws on his considerable red carpet experience and offers up a few kind words about male supermodel Derek Zoolander, telling a reporter that without Derek Zoolander, male modelling “wouldn't be what it is today”. It's funny because it's true. Bonus points if you can identify the less-than-impressed woman standing next to him.
5. “Sorry, Frank, but I'm going to go and crash and burn with Cutty” - The Associate (1996)
Given their current, well publicised animosity, it's perhaps surprising to learn that Donald Trump appeared in not one but two Whoopi Goldberg movies back in 1996. In The Associate, Whoopi plays an investment banker who has to create a fictional white alter ego to get ahead on Wall Street. Trump cameos as himself, bailing on a lunch date with Goldberg's rival, Frank (Tim Daly) after “Cutty” (Goldberg) secures a table booking ahead of him.
6. “Actually, hiring Eddie was my idea from the beginning” - Eddie (1996)
7. “Well, I'm working on buying St Patrick's Cathedral...” - Celebrity (1998)
Being one of the world's most famous New Yorkers, it was inevitable that Trump would eventually cameo in a Woody Allen movie. His chance came with 1998's Celebrity, in which he's interviewed in an expensive restaurant by society reporter Robin Simon (Judy Davis), revealing that his plans for the future include “buying St Patrick's Cathedral and maybe doing a little rip-down job and putting up a very, very tall and beautiful building”. Watch what he does with his hands in the clip below – the man is an artist.
8. “Be assured Mrs Scott, that in this room there are knives sharp enough to cut you to the bone, and hearts cold enough to eat yours as hors d'oeuvres” - Ghosts Can't Do It (1989)
Believe it or not, Trump actually won an award for his acting skills, receiving the Razzie for Worst Supporting Actor for his performance (as himself) opposite Bo Derek in 1989's supernatural sex comedy Ghosts Can't Do It. Derek plays a businesswoman whose dead husband (Antony Quinn) appears to her as a ghost, which comes in handy when she has to negotiate a deal with a leering Trump. The clip is too sweary to be included here but seek it out on YouTube, as the acting is astonishingly terrible and has to be seen to be believed.