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If you want to shoot in one of President Trump’s buildings, you have to write him into a scene, according to Oscar winner Matt Damon.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Damon explained what exactly directors need to do in order to film inside one of Trump’s buildings.
Damon was asked if he had ever met Trump, after remarking that he found Trump’s “many sides” comments after Charlottesville to be “absolutely abhorrent.”
Damon said he hadn’t met Trump, and then revealed what director Martin Brest did to gain access to one of Trump’s buildings to shoot a scene for “Scent of a Woman.”
“No. The deal was that if you wanted to shoot in one of his buildings, you had to write him in a part. [Director] Martin Brest had to write something in ‘Scent of a Woman’ – and the whole crew was in on it. You have to waste an hour of your day with a bulls–t shot: Donald Trump walks in and Al Pacino’s like, ‘Hello, Mr. Trump!’ – you had to call him by name – and then he exits. You waste a little time so that you can get the permit, and then you can cut the scene out. But I guess in ‘Home Alone 2’ they left it in.”
In short: The two basic requirements for shooting in a Trump building include putting Trump in a scene, and addressing him by name, according to Damon.