Trump campaign denounces Cannes film ‘The Apprentice’ as ‘blatantly false,’ promises legal action

Trump campaign denounces Cannes film ‘The Apprentice’ as ‘blatantly false,’ promises legal action

The recent premiere of the film “The Apprentice” at the Cannes Film Festival has sparked controversy and legal threats from former U.S. President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign. The film, directed by Ali Abbasi, stars Sebastian Stan as Trump and Jeremy Strong as Roy Cohn, depicting a fictionalized account of the president’s rise in the 1980s.

The Trump campaign spokesperson, Steven Cheung, denounced the film as “pure fiction” and stated their intention to pursue legal action against the filmmakers for spreading false assertions. The central narrative of the movie revolves around Trump’s relationship with Cohn, portraying it as a Faustian bargain that shaped his career as a businessman and politician.

One particularly contentious scene in the film depicts Trump raping his wife, Ivana Trump, a claim that she made in her 1990 divorce deposition. Despite Trump’s denial of the allegation, the scene has added fuel to the controversy surrounding the film. Abbasi, the director, emphasized the relevance of political filmmaking in the current climate of rising fascism and global turmoil.

Abbasi urged the audience at Cannes to confront the looming storm of chaos and injustice, warning that times of trouble lie ahead. The film’s premiere coincided with Trump’s ongoing hush money trial in New York, adding another layer of tension to the political and legal drama surrounding the former president.

As “The Apprentice” awaits a release date and faces potential backlash from Trump’s camp, it serves as a reminder of the power of cinema to provoke critical discourse and challenge societal norms. The film’s exploration of Trump’s controversial past and political alliances raises important questions about accountability and the role of art in confronting difficult truths.