Helen Mirren has played an astounding array of characters onscreen, some of them portrayals of actual people, ranging from right-wing gossip maven Hedda Hopper in “Trumbo” to her Oscar-winning turn as Queen Elizabeth II in “The Queen”.
But if she had it her way, the former “Prime Suspect” star would love to play the 45th president of the United States.
“I’d be so funny as Trump,” the Oscar-winning actress revealed during a Q&A session at at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film & TV (as reported by The Hollywood Reporter).
“I love it,” added Mirren. “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. 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.”
When it comes to delving into the Trumpian psychology, Mirren doesn’t believe it would be too deep a dive.
“I don’t think that would be too difficult to penetrate quite honestly,” she noted. “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.”
You can watch Mirren’s entire interview in the video above.