Profile of Donald Trump reveals obsession with classic ‘Sunset Boulevard’ movie

On the heels of Washington Post delve deep into the post-presidency transition donald trump, New York Magazine posted a lengthy profile that’s… well, honestly, more of the same. Like the previous track, this latest paints the picture of a former president-turned-presidential candidate who spends most of his day playing golf and being admired by fans at his private club in Florida.

“He just goes, plays golf, comes back and fucks off. He’s retired to the golf course and Mar-a-Lago,” said an adviser to the publication’s Washington correspondent, Olivia Nuzzi. “His world has gotten a lot smaller. His world is so, so small.”

But the difference now is that Trump has actually granted Nuzzi a rare interview for the play – he usually only speaks to far-right media – in which he reiterates his innocence regarding the various crimes he is accused of and associated with , protests and expresses delusions that he’s still the front-runner for the 2024 Republican nomination.

It could still happen, but with a dwindling base and the NFT trading card debacle, it seems less likely by the day.

However, one excerpt that is particularly revealing about Trump’s psyche concerns his favorite film, Twilight Boulevardabout shabby former silent film star Norma Desmond, who drags a struggling screenwriter into her madcap fantasy world while dreaming of triumphantly returning to the limelight.

Calling the film “one of the greatest of all time,” Trump apparently not only played it to guests aboard his 727 on his off-duty business days, but even held screenings of it at Camp David for White House staffers.

Still, it’s not hard to imagine why Trump identifies with it Twilight Boulevardespecially since his own life has begun to mirror the story of the film’s protagonist.

“He once showed it to his publicist Stephanie Grisham, who later described how ‘the President, who could never sit still without making a call, sending a tweet, or flipping through the TV channels, sat fascinated.’ And he once showed it to Tim O’Brien, the biographer who wrote this, when Norma Desmond yelled, “Those idiotic producers. Those imbeciles! Don’t they have eyes? Have you forgotten what a star looks like? I will show you. I’ll be back up there, so help me!” Trump leaned over O’Brien’s shoulder and whispered, “Is that an incredible scene or what? Just unbelievable.’

A beat-up star locked in a 1920s mansion, afraid of the outside world, afraid it might remind him that time has passed… Well, he doesn’t like the way it sounds for Trump. He still speaks that way, in the third person. “It was the same in 2016. They first said, ‘Oh, Trump’s just doing this for fun,’ and then they found out that’s not true,” he told me. ‘And then they said, ‘Well, he’s not going to win.’ And they’ve learned that’s not true.’”

Interestingly, as Nuzzi notes, the film ends with Norma Desmond shooting and killing the author just as he worked up the courage to leave her. And after her husband-turned-butler also turns against her, the film’s final scene is about the actress descending her grand staircase – where she thinks reporters and the film crew are waiting for her big comeback – just to meet the police waiting to arrest her.

It’s kind of poetic when you think about it. Profile of Donald Trump reveals obsession with classic ‘Sunset Boulevard’ movie

Lindsay Lowe

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