Donald Trump may have a few small movie roles on his resume, but he’s certainly never been the star of an action film. Until the White House made him one. His co-star? Kim Jong Un. Their mission? To come together for a better tomorrow. Read on for a closer look at the insane movie trailer Trump showed Kim just before their meeting in Singapore.
1. It’s a movie trailer
To say that Trump showed Kim Jong Un a four minute video prior to their historic meeting would be incorrect. He showed him a Hollywood movie trailer. But instead of an upcoming film, the trailer was meant to demonstrate what is possible if only the two could just get along. The trailer even opens with the words: “A Destiny Pictures Production,” which actually is a production company in Los Angeles, but the company denied having any part in the making of this … spectacle.
Next: Trump thought an action movie trailer would best speak to Kim.
2. The trailer’s target audience
This video is so ridiculous it’s easy to forget that it’s being used as a tactic to reason with a Supreme Leader. As Gizmodo put it, “This is probably the first time that a global superpower has made a fake movie trailer to try and convince an adversary to make peace.” But make no mistake, the trailer was made with the intention of winning over Kim.
“7 billion people inhabit planet Earth. Of those alive today, only a small number will leave a lasting impact, and only the very few will make decisions or take actions that renew their homeland, and change the course of history,” is how the trailer begins. Not only does the opening statement not exactly roll off the tongue, it feels incredibly pandering. You, too, can be one of the small number of people who will leave a lasting impact, Kim! All you needed was this cinematic, Hollywood-style movie trailer to inspire you.
Next: Trump’s used to big and flashy.
3. A trailer of this nature is in Trump’s wheelhouse
According to The Washington Post, Trump viewed the video as a sort of elevator pitch (which makes a lot of sense–he’s crafted more than a few of those through the years).
“It was the type of glitzy production that Trump might have once used to persuade investors to finance his hotels, and now hoped could persuade one of the most repressive regimes in the world to disarm its nuclear weapons and end nearly 70 years of international isolation and militant hostility to the United States,” says the publication.
Next: Many people thought the trailer was made by North Korea.
4. It looks like North Korean propaganda
Let’s address the elephant in the room: this trailer looks like North Korean propaganda. With images of a thriving North Korea, a smiling Kim, and heart-swelling music, it’s hard not to. When the video was presented to a room full of reporters anxiously awaiting the results of the Trump-Kim meeting, many people asked: Is this really from the White House? But the unmistakeable WH.Gov stamp in the righthand corner throughout the video proves that, indeed, it was.
Next: Are they equals now?
5. The trailer shows the two men as equals
In the beginning of the trailer we see footage of Kim giving a speech right after a similar shot of Trump giving a speech. We see the two addressing large crowds, waving, and making political decisions … they’re not so different, these two!
Understandably, after viewing the trailer, a Time magazine reporter asked Trump: “Do you now see Kim Jong Un as an equal?” Trump asked the reporter in what way. “You just showed a video that showed you and Kim Jong Un on equal footing, and discussing the future of the country.” Trump brushed off the question by talking about his carefully negotiated photo ops with Kim.
Next: Trump thinks the video could be used for “other countries.”
6. Is Trump concerned the trailer could be used as propaganda?
“Are you concerned the video you just showed could be used by Kim as propaganda, to show him as … ” asked another reporter. Trump cut him off (he already knew the end of the question). “No, I’m not concerned at all. We can use that video for other countries.”
Next: The reporters were dumbfounded.
7. How the journalists reacted upon the trailer’s debut
The reporters who witnessed the video shortly after Kim did all had pretty much the same reaction: confusion and concern.
“They are playing a propaganda video before Trump presser. Not kidding. What is happening??!!” tweeted White House Correspondent Andrew Beatty.
“Haven’t seen this before: Before POTUS comes out for press conference, WH shows a Michael Bay-esque video showing Trump and Kim, military weapons, bombs,” tweeted White House Reporter Zeke Miller.
This is the video President Trump shared with Chairman Kim at the historical Singapore Summit….
Posted by The White House on Tuesday, June 12, 2018
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