We’ve seen a lot of Donald Trump impressions over the last few months. Some were expected, as in the case of Jimmy Fallon, who has delivered his (flawless) impersonation on more than one occasion, and some were slightly more bizarre, such as Johnny Depp’s performance for Funny or Die. But none have been as unexpected, or as joyfully received, as the latest Donald doppelgänger.
The one and only Meryl Streep surprised the audience (and the world) at the annual Shakespeare in the Park Public Theater Gala in New York City when she emerged as The Donald. Dodgy wig and all. Yep, Meryl went to town with the fake tan in order to achieve Donald’s, er, leathery visage. And naturally, she wore a padded suit. She still looked eternally more appealing than the actual Donald Trump.
Apparently, Meryl’s performance was as surprising to the event’s organisers as anyone else, with Oskar Eustis, the artistic director telling the Times: “Utterly her idea, beginning to end. There were skeptics, there were doubters, but one of those skeptics was not Meryl Streep. She was absolutely sure she could do it. None of us had seen her in costume or makeup till she walked out tonight.”
Meryl joined her Mamma Mia co-star Christine Baranski- who was dressed as Hilary Clinton- on stage to perform the night’s finale number, Brush Up Your Shakespeare, which is a song from the musical Kiss Me, Kate. The song is traditionally a duet between two men, as its lyrics give advice on how to use Shakespeare to woo women. And while ‘Donald’ and ‘Hilary’ altered some of the lyrics in order to apply directly to female voters, some of the original words written by Cole Porter seemed to perfectly encapsulate Donald’s rampant misogynism, for example: ‘If she says your behavior is heinous/Kick her right in the Coriolanus’.
The audience went wild, shortly before the internet followed suit. In fact, the reaction was so great that Meryl even issued a statement via a spokeswoman for the Public Theatre: “I appreciate the interest, but this was a one-off, a once in a (last in a) lifetime appearance of this character.”
Shame, really, as we’re pretty sure this is our favourite impression of Trump to date. Meryl for President!