James Van Der Beek Was Originally Going To Play Donald Trump On FX’s ‘Pose’
Apparently, in an earlier script for FX’s Pose, Donald Trump was a character and James Van Der Been was bound to play him.
“Van Der Beek’s part in the first draft was written to be a young Trump, and Evan was going to be the speechwriter,” co-creator Ryan Murphy said to Entertainment Weekly.
Co-creator Brad Falchuk added, “I wrote a lot of Trump dialogue which was a lot of fun to write. I think I had him down.”
Then, Ryan said, “The election happened, and we’re like, ‘Nobody wants to see him.’ And then it was going to be an actor impersonating somebody who’s already a caricature, and I thought, ‘Well, that’s just going to take you right out of the show.’”
“He’s the biggest fraud of all time,” said Brian. “If the show is called Pose, he poses as someone who is much richer than he is, much smarter than he is, much more educated than he is. He is the representation in terms of all that is wrong in terms of inauthenticity. But the contrast between someone like Blanca (Mj Rodriguez) and someone like him could not be greater. I think it was important we felt that contrast.”