Throughout the course of her illustrious career, distinguished British actress Dame Helen Mirren has tackled some tough roles. She’s already tried her hand at playing legendary leaders like Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Elizabeth II, but it seems there’s one more head of state she’d like to inhabit: the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.
“I’d be so funny as Trump,” Mirren told the Hollywood Reporter.
“I love it. I’ve almost got the hair! I mean, what a fascinating character. What an extraordinary character. I mean, that’s a character, isn’t it, the real thing? I would say real life is so much more interesting than anything you can make up, you know,” she said. “But you know, a fantastic sort of slightly Shakespearean character. He may have a Shakespearean fall, I don’t know, but you know, he is an extraordinary character.”
At the ripe age of 72, Mirren is the perfect age to play the 71-year-old Trump. She also doesn’t think the president’s mannerisms would be challenging to imitate:
“I don’t think that would be too difficult to penetrate [his psychology], quite honestly,” she said.
“You look at the upbringing. You look at the schooling, the father, the mother. I don’t know much about Mr. Trump’s background, but if I was to play him, I would definitely start there. You have to start with the child, and the child is very much in Trump.”
So watch out Alec Baldwin: there could be a new Trump impersonator in town!