Aaron Sorkin discussed his To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway adaptation and his thoughts on Donald Trump as he chatted with Tina Brown on her podcast.
Sorkin, 57, revealed the far-right American news site Breitbart gave him the idea for the villain in the New York show, saying he was reading the comments section when he had the idea.
The Academy Award-winner explained, “I’ve written anti-heroes before and I’ve always been able to write them without judging them, finding something that I have in common with them so that I can write that character like they’re making their case to God why they should be allowed into heaven.”
He said of racist antagonist Robert E. Lee Ewell: “With Bob Ewell, I was completely unable to do that and I have to tell you that the way I wrote that character was by going to the Breitbart comments section. Nearly everything Bob Ewell says on the play is word for word something I found in the Breitbart comments section.”
Sorkin’s interview also saw him slam Trump once again, insisting the president is “not good at anything.”
He told Brown, “He doesn’t have good political instincts. And his fans – there’s not one of them that he would rent an apartment to. There’s not one of them that he would have as a member one of his country clubs and there’s not one of them who isn’t smarter than he is.”