NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 29: (L-R) Actress Rossy de Palma, director Pedro Almodovar, and actress Marina Ambramovic attend the Pedro Almodovar Retrospective Opening Night at the Museum of Modern Art on November 29, 2016 in New York City. Jason Carter Rinaldi/Getty Images for Museum of Modern Art, Department of Film/AFP
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Donald Trump would be the perfect protagonist for a disaster film, said Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, as a retrospective of his movies got underway in New York.
“I think that Trump is going to provide a lot of creative inspiration, especially for comedians,” said Almodovar at an event late Tuesday marking the launch of the film series at Manhattan’s Museum of Modern Art.
The MoMA exhibition, encompassing every movie made by Almodovar, coincides with the release of “Julieta,” his 20th feature-length film, which was also previewed at MoMA Tuesday. The movie opens in US theaters on December 21.
Almodovar, Spain’s most celebrated living movie director, made it clear that he is no fan of the US president-elect but said Trump’s larger-than-life persona is the stuff of filmmaking lore.
“He seriously would inspire a disaster movie,” Almodovar said.
“This kind of personality type have no parallel in real life. He’s like a great fictional character,” the director said.
“The bad thing is that we are all going to suffer, above all Americans will,” he said.
“We have to put up with him, and in reality, he should be a seen as a huge disaster,” Almodovar added. “Let’s hope he goes away soon.”
The two-time Academy Award winning director had far more charitable feelings towards Trump’s vanquished Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.
The former secretary of state, who Trump defeated in an upset win earlier this month, has the makings of a real “Almodovar girl,” said the director, whose acclaimed films almost always have strong female leads.
A former enfant terrible of cinema, Almodovar got misty-eyed recalling a Met showing of his movie “What Did I Do to Deserve This?” in 1984, when he was just 35 years old and a fresh-faced upstart in film world.
“It’s not just a privilege, but very emotional for me to be in the same place more than 30 years later,” he said.