Owen Wilson: Donald Trump is the Charlie Sheen of presidential candidates


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Do you know how rarely we write about the Butterscotch Stallion, Owen Wilson? We’ve only discussed him once this year. And in 2014, we only had one story about him, which is when he welcomed his second son with his ex-girlfriend/trainer Caroline Lindqvist (who was technically married when the child was conceived). I guess my point is that Owen Wilson is a quietly interesting person but he’s so low-key that most of the time, professional gossips just sort of ignore him. Owen is promoting his new film, No Escape, these days. The film is about a family on vacation in an Asian country and they get caught up in some kind of coup in which rioters target Americans. It looks like a pretty stupid movie in general. To promote it, Owen sat down with the Daily Beast and he perked up just as soon as the conversation moved to subjects other than his film. Some highlights:

The premise of ‘No Escape’: “Having children, the idea of being in a strange, foreign country and finding yourself in the middle of all hell breaking loose—it seemed like an exciting story. I think when you have a kid, there is this kind of love that you’ve never really experienced where you’ll do anything for them. Along with that comes that primal thing of wanting to protect your kids and worrying about them. Growing up with my dad, he had a lot of fun with us but there’s a lot of stress in being a parent with little kids. Trips to get stitches, or if somebody broke their wrist, or if somebody got lost at the state fair—a lot of that kind of stuff that happens. This movie took that notion and puts it on steroids.”

Though Owen is liberal, he enjoys Donald Trump: “You can’t help but get a kick out of him, and I think part of it is we’re so used to politicians on both sides sounding like actors at press junkets—it’s sort of by rote, and they say all the right things. So here’s somebody who’s not following that script. It’s like when Charlie Sheen was doing that stuff—like, wow! He’s answering a question completely honestly, and in an entertaining way. You sort of feel he could be a character from Network.”

He thinks Trump is a showman: “I don’t know if I’m not taking it as seriously as I should. But when he said he was going down to the border and he showed up at a press conference and said, ‘Now I’m going out to the border and I hope I’ll see you later’—sort of suggesting that it was so dangerous that who knows if I’ll see you later… I don’t know, it was just funny to me. The guy is a showman. You have to sort of get a kick out of the guy. It is entertaining, for sure. That’s why people are tuning in. You can’t honestly believe he really could be president, do you? I have a hard time believing that… that still seems so far away. That doesn’t quite seem realistic to me. But talk to me in a few months. We’ll see.”

[From The Daily Beast]

He also chats a bit about the Zoolander sequel and how weird it was to do the sequel considering the first film was not any kind of box office success. As for his comments about Trump… I actually think Owen summarized it perfectly. It’s entertaining, terrifying and frustrating but Trump is putting on a good show and he really is the Charlie Sheen of political candidates. That’s sort of a perfect way to think about Trump.

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  1. Peggy says:

    Owen’s movie did not even make a million last weekend, and it was Jennifer Aniston’s fourth straight bomb.
    TV is calling, her next role in a Gerry Marshall film will continue the trend.

    • LAK says:

      I watched it several months ago. It was trying desperately to be one of those 60s comedies, usually starring Tony Randall, but unfortunately, we’ve moved on.

      And Jen Aniston’s part should have been cut out completely. No point in having her character in there.

    • lucy2 says:

      Owen’s movie wasn’t out last weekend – it opens today.

    • WinnieCoopersMom says:

      Maybe Marshall will do a ‘Valentine’s Day’ follow up, ‘Halloween Night,’ and it’s all the B Listers in costumes, falling in love, including Aniston. Some potential story lines: trick-or-treating as adults as a “joke,”… two characters bumping into each other at a drug store stocking up on candy for themselves (FF 45 later and it shows them sitting in the isle, eating candy together)…two college age kids (Emma Roberts probably) meet at a party and jump in the pool while in their costumes…..Marshall’s films are so predictably cheesy. Even though I have a soft spot for Princess Diaries and Pretty Woman…and yes, that is exactly where Aniston is headed. I saw ‘Cake’ this past weekend. Her acting wasnt horrible, but the movie really was.

  2. BRE says:

    Now if a female actress had said these comments about Trump, he would b all over the media calling her all kinds of terrible things. It frustrates me how many men are entertained by this man! Also, I think Zoolander has a sort of cult following and the 2nd Zoolander will probably do pretty good at the box office

    • Don't kill me I'm French says:

      I agree how frustrating is that the men or persons find him entertaining.Trump is scary in my opinion

    • K says:

      I’m a woman and I’m entertained and highly offended by him. I mean it’s like when you go to the zoo and watch a baboon that is what trump is. What he says is disgusting, offensive, inaccurate, barbaric and wrong but he is so stupid and such a joke that why let it bother you. I mean I can’t be bothered by someone with no substance or intelligence saying nasty things because I know he does it out of fear, and insecurity. Not that he shouldn’t be called out of face the consequences and I will point out how wrong he is every time, especially about minorities that was just not ok.

      Trump demeans women because he is afraid if he doesn’t try to hold them back he can’t compete. Women scare him.

      Trump demanded the presidents birth certificate and makes outlandish untrue claims about his job performance because he can’t handle that a black man did the job as well if not better then a lot of white men. It scares him.

      Same with Mexicans, Chinese or anyone who isn’t a rich white male. Donald trump is a scared little boy he is pathetic, I don’t know how anyone can’t sit back laugh and just make fun of him.

      Now if he gets the nomination I will have some serious questions for the republican base but honestly right now he is a pathetic joke no reason to get mad. Just point and laugh because HE KNOWS HE CAN’T COMPETE AND THATS WHY HE BEHAVES THIS WAY.

      • Lovely says:

        I agree so much with everything you said. Trump’s just loud and embarrassing and I’m glad I’m not related to him, it would be shameful to be. How ridiculous you have to be to say all those offensive comments in a “presidential campaign” with a serious face? Good God!

      • Tia says:

        As a Canadian ( we are in the middle of our own election buffoonery) I am appalled at people laughing and treating Donald Trumps actions as comedy. 1st off ,the worlds eyes are watching and feel that Trump really does represent their stereotypical belief in what exactly American Values are, and 2. more importantly, ADOLF HITLER was elected, he was viewed as a joke by the masses and that his chances of winning were non existent, while other more sinister forces believed he would make a great puppet. Of all the political correctness that gets people worked up over actual comedians jokes….laughing off a person using the platform of potential future POTUS , should be THE most offensive. For the record, most of my family didn’t survive the last experiment with a ” Joke” Head of state, and lost everything else in the Communist Purge that followed. So yah , not laughing because Jokes DO turn into reality.

      • misery chick says:

        @ K

        BRAVO!!!!!!!!!

    • Kitten says:

      My first thought was “has Trump responded yet?”
      To be fair, I don’t think gender matters to him when it comes to who he has beef with. He’s really an equal opportunity dbag.

      • holly hobby says:

        Yup if you watch the Apprentice (head hangs in shame, I know), he has called both male and female constestants losers. However he does make a lot of comments about a female’s looks which is very alarming in HR levels!

        He won’t get the nomination but he’s getting the press and yucks. You can think of him as sideshow Bob. Something to laugh at.

  3. lassie says:

    Zoolander is one of those movies that get progressively funnier each time you watch it.

    • Shambles says:

      This exactly.
      MerMAN! *cough cough* MERMAN!

      This new movie of Owen’s, however, looks like something Nicholas Cage passed on after seriously considering taking the role.

    • original kay says:

      it really does. same with Dodgeball. stupid, stupid movie yet we have watched it many times.

    • holly hobby says:

      Oh yeah. Love love Zoolander! I never saw it in the theater because I didn’t know what it was about. The advertisement was pretty vague and if anyone remembers, it opened right after 9/11 so I doubt it would do boffo business.

      I caught Zoolander in my hotel during my honeymoon. Yeah it was gut busting funny. I would watch the sequel!

  4. Christin says:

    Think he’s spot on. Also looking forward to Z2, even though it may not live up to the first one (comedy-wise).

    • laura in LA says:

      I do, too. Owen’s so smart and funny, glad to see he seems to have gotten his life together. I’ll always have a soft spot for the Butterscotch Stallion!

  5. Sixer says:

    Looking at this from a great distance away in the UK, I see parallels with what’s happening here and I definitely don’t think Donald the Wig is a joke, even if we laugh at him.

    Seems to me the general public has got entirely fed up with the political machine and its spin and its triangulation and its secretive donors and its all the rest of it. People are looking for anything that might be outside of that.

    For those on the right, this is Trump (and the UKIP party in the UK), and for those on the left it’s Bernie Sanders (and Jeremy Corbyn in the UK).

    Trump is not a joke. Really really not a joke. So be careful, Owen. Your bum might get bit.

    • Kitten says:

      If it counts for anything, I think your analysis is far better than that of most American commenters on this site.

      I completely 100% agree with you and so much word to your second paragraph. Hell, you KNOW he’s a threat when people in Boston (a liberal hotbed) are considering voting for him.

    • Sixer says:

      Why thank you, Kitten. I feel quite honoured!

      I’d also add that, in my opinion, the political establishment and its media-commentator adjunct has absolutely no answer to either Trump or Sanders or any other figurehead acting as a channel for grassroots dissatisfaction.

      Other than ridicule, that is. Which is exactly why we shouldn’t be ridiculing. Trump should be taken seriously, and the way for his opponents (presumably both from within and without the GOP, but I get a bit confused with your system at candidate selection stage) is to expose him on policy detail.

      I will offer you this crumb of comfort – nothing I’ve seen from your side of the Pond has come anything near the farcical parade offered to us Brits in the form of the Labour Party leadership contest. We’ve had Stalinist/House UnAmerican Activities purges and EVERYTHING. I kid you not.

      • Kitten says:

        I’m afraid that you are far too generous with your assessment of American voters. Alas Sixer, I’m not sure Americans care much for policy detail. We’re the types to ask “which presidential candidate would you rather have a beer with?”—and I take NO pride in that sad reality. But this is exactly why we shouldn’t take Trump for granted–because being kooky, straightforward, and “entertaining” is exactly what could get him elected. Sigh. I have a pit in my stomach about this upcoming election..

        Yes. I thought I read something about Labour Party barring certain people from voting in the leadership election based on what they posted on Facebook? That’s crazy!

      • Sixer says:

        See, that’s a big difference from here to there. Here, general elections are genuinely fought on the basis of incredibly detailed (and costed) policy manifestos. People do vote with a pretty good understanding of what a party will or won’t do and while manifestos are deviated from or not implemented in full once a party has won, they are more stuck to than not stuck to.

        On the other hand, candidate selection and the like is all stitched up by the party machine and its grandees. We don’t have any open primaries or anything like it. That’s how they narrow the choice for the electorate here when it actually comes to election time. And that’s why they’ve all had forty fits and died quiet when the actual electorate hijack the odd process, which they’ve done with the Labour leadership campaign. It’s very much like Trump, but of the left rather than right.

        And yes – they’ve been trawling social media, inviting petty internal denunciations and everything. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry!

      • Nic919 says:

        No one believed Rob Ford would be mayor of Toronto and then he was elected because of a split in the centre left vote. He already had said crazy things in the past but people weren’t paying attention. Then he gets elected and starts acting even worse, banning the media he viewed as unfavourable to him, saying idiotic things on TV, pushing forward transit plans with no funding….. And that was before the crack video…. So you never know how far a populist candidate can go. Don’t laugh Trump off for too long.

    • Norman Bates' Mother says:

      This. I was an immigrant in the UK during the last campaign and I was shocked to hear some of the bollocks some politicians were spewing, and what? People voted for them. And some were as offensive as Trump – more diplomatic, but still offensive. But it also happens with Polish politicians as we’re nearing very important elections. They have all sorts of terrible ideas, i.e. you wrote that people are fed up with the secretive donors, as they should be – thankfully in Poland it has been impossible, as the parties must be financed from public funds, but our idiot politicians want to change it. There will be a referendum and I’d like to think everybody will be all: “hell no” but they’ll probably agree to it and all kinds of mobsters will have a free hand at making our laws. Another one – single-member district idea crushed and burned in the UK, so of course one of the strong candidates (a former rock star) wants to introduce it here and people agree with him.

      It sounds like a joke but it’s not. Especially considering that some people don’t even bother with educating themselves on the candidates’ programs and only vote for ideas – and Trump might attract those who like the idea of a successful Republican businessman, who is honest. Add those who will vote not for Trump but against the Democrats and he might have a chance at winning. Then what?

    • QQ says:

      Oh I agree This Trump “joke” is not funny, this is going more than a bridge too far and the ONLY hope is that he is big enough of a megalomaniac to want to run by himself when the republican convention lunacy comes to the end crowning their turd, just so the “base” can split and all

    • Alicia says:

      He’s not a joke, but he’s not likely to win the nomination. Rudy Giuliani and Rick Perry both know what leading in August is worth (not much).

      • holly hobby says:

        Yes we had dumb as dirt Sarah Palin and Americans didn’t elect McCain/Painlan either. Trump really turned off a big swatch of voters = the minorities.

        Jeb Bush joined the fray too because he really thinks DT will win. The other day he demonized Asians.

    • I Choose Me says:

      I’m with you guys. I’m not an American but Trump is far from funny to me. I think it’s scary actually that he’s reached this far and it seems like he’s gaining in support.

    • Sixer says:

      GNAT – yes. I suppose you could look at it like this: at least Trump brings it out into the open, so you can attack the point of view? I also think the left has to give these people clear messages and illustrations about how the entire 99% will be better off under a progressive administration committed to social justice – even if they are white and male. It’s just the 1% who lose out. If the left can’t get that message across because they themselves have been hijacked by the 1% (hello, Hillary) then they won’t get anywhere.

    • supposedtobeworking says:

      I’m Canadian as well, and as Tia mentioned we are going through our own election. I wish we had more detail and policy proposals being covered. I think that’s why the NDP won in Alberta – Notley provided details (first leftist gov in Alberta, the Conservatives had power for 44 years). I wish Harper would explain his understanding of the economy and decisions being made and why they are. I cannot imagine Trump sitting down with Merkle or Putin.

      Obviously Trump is tackling topics that people want to talk about, and the fundamentalist/conservative/far right support. For me it indicates there is a desire in the States to discuss touchy issues openly. He hasn’t skirted the issues, even though he’s a complete ass when he talks around the issue he brings up. There is no substance, plan or purpose other than more facetime. Maybe the journalists (in Canada and the UK as well) should spend more time raising issues, dissecting proposed policy and hosting proper debates.

      And I hope that Owen Wilson is happy ad healthy. I kinda root for him.

    • laura in LA says:

      Sixer, I agree with you about Trump and Sanders, and though I know he probably won’t get the nom, I’m voting for Bernie to light a fire under the party’s *ass…

      Ultimately, though, there are too many running on the GOP ticket and not enough for the Dems, so it will probably be a Bush vs. Clinton re-run anyway, back to the 90s!

    • Caz says:

      Trump running for President is a joke. Be careful America…he may get it.

  6. Luca76 says:

    I don’t think he’s wrong per se but it’s so easy for a white highly privileged male to see the showmanship of the whole thing in a lighthearted way because it doesn’t threaten him. I can’t see anything refreshing about hate speech against Hispanics and women.

    • jessiebes says:

      Agreed.

      Trump will probably have a laugh with Owen about this, slap him on the back and sent him a gift.

    • Lara K says:

      This.

      I love Owen, but he is definitely coming from a pretty protected place here.

      Trump is way too serious to be funny.

    • lucy2 says:

      That is an excellent point.

    • StormsMama says:

      @Luca
      Agreed.
      I love love love Owen. A lot
      But a very small few of us can afford to sit back and be amused by Trump. It reveals the luxury of feeling no threat to one’s security and power. Owen is a successful wealthy white male – Trump’s favorite.
      On the other hand, I tend to cut Owen slack bc i believe he means what he says: Trump- like Sheen – is powerful and afforded a steady stream of forgiveness but he’s a buffoon and “entertaining” like a…rodeo clown you hope gets the bull horns many times over.
      Sigh.

    • QQ says:

      Oh I 100% agree, is cute when there is no skin in the game for you so to speak
      \

      Also on related-unrelated note I can hardly watch his movie without being super distracted by his Nose and Hair… both things are utterly incongruous

  7. Lillylizard says:

    Charlie Sheen, P.T Barnum and Buffalo Bill rolled into one and topped off by a candy floss bouffant.

  8. LAK says:

    It’s amazing how private he keeps his life considering the drama of it.

  9. Neelyo says:

    That movie of his looks like it’s been collecting dust on the shelf for a few years now. He probably doesn’t remember making it.

  10. lucy2 says:

    I think we may have finally reached Charlie Sheen’s breaking point – even he wouldn’t want to be compared to Trump.

  11. Naddie says:

    I know it’s shallow, but I need to say how beautiful his hair looks.

  12. Abby says:

    I never saw Zoolander in the theater, but I totally agree that it gets funnier every time you see it. I am really looking forward to the sequel.

    It blows my mind that Trump is being taken seriously. I’m mostly a republican, but I would never vote for that misogynistic piece of work. And yet… some of my most conservative family members (like my grandma and my husband’s very politically involved grandpa) are like rah rah, he can’t be bought, he’s what this country needs, finally someone that will get things done, etc. Terrifying.

  13. jwoolman says:

    I suspect that Trump won’t let the campaign go far enough to require financial disclosure. Then there’s that little problem of him being an illegal alien from outer space, born on a planet in a star system far, far away and sent off by his two mothers in a rocket ship as an infant ….

    • Kitten says:

      If he gets his wish and all the illegal immigrants are forced to leave, then at least maybe he’ll be deported to Pluto.

    • Ankhel says:

      “You must live and prosper on your own, young Don-Al. Our planet’s ecosystem has been ruined by hairspray…” *sobs*

  14. My Two Cents says:

    I like Owen! I dont particularly care for the Donald but i can see why people that are tired of way things have been going enjoy him. Many Americans are realizing that when you have a government that has as many people on the doles or more than you do working and paying into it, something has to be done or that system is going to crash and burn. Unfortunate that our choices are so bad that Donald looks good to many!

  15. Jayna says:

    I think Owen is underrated. I loved him in Marley & Me. Such a poignant movie and I thought he did a great job balancing being funny and as a husband and father with marriage problems as the family grows, and the poignant parts. I need to watch that movie again.

  16. the_blonde_one says:

    My great fear is that Trump is actually the Greg Stillson of this candidacy (Dead Zone book)

  17. Vizia says:

    Trump =President of the Trolls.

  18. Jaded says:

    Trump likes to call himself a populist but can best be described as the voice of ‘aggrieved privilege’ – he speaks for the rich white republicans who feel threatened by the inevitable social change that happens with immigration and women’s rights (how often do we see his wife Milania?). He is the exact opposite of a populist defending the little people, rather he stirs up fear that the immigrant underclass will somehow erode their rights and freedoms, bring crime and socialism to their cloistered and safe world.

    His stance is akin to that of Joseph McCarthy, the John Birch Society or David Duke as he stands for nothing more than rich, white male supremacy.

  19. meme says:

    Dismiss Trump all you want but he is going to change the face of American politics because people are sick and tired of hearing politicians give their canned speeches, make promises they have no intention of keeping, and worry about being reelected instead of actually doing their job. Trump says what he thinks and doesn’t back down. And he’s downright entertaining. I don’t know what everyone here is so afraid of.

    • Jaded says:

      Because, Meme, he says things like this:

      “I will build you … one of the great ballrooms of the world.” –Donald Trump, on building a $100 million ballroom at the White House

      “I think the only difference between me and the other candidates is that I’m more honest and my women are more beautiful.” –Donald Trump, while teasing a presidential run in 2000

      “You know, it really doesn’t matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.” –Donald Trump

      “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.” –Donald Trump on John McCain

      “A certificate of live birth is not the same thing by any stretch of the imagination as a birth certificate.” – Donald Trump trying to convince the world that Obama faked his birth certificate

      “Laziness is a trait in blacks.”

      “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

      “It’s freezing and snowing in New York—we need global warming!”

      “Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are little short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.”

      “Well, somebody’s doing the raping, Don! I mean somebody’s doing it! Who’s doing the raping? Who’s doing the raping?” – Donald Trump on Hispanic immigrants.

      • Anne tommy says:

        Good stuff jaded. applauding someone for saying what’s he’s thinking, not backing down and being entertaining? If what’s he’s saying is bigoted nonsense ( which it is), which he’s not backing down from, and which some people find entertaining, that’s dangerous. A good U.S. president needs to have sensible policies and a good chance of implementing them. This obnoxious twat has neither and I’m disappointed that he’s being indulged by the American people. It’s not a gameshow.

    • Neah23 says:

      He is making promises he can’t and has no intention of keeping, he just talking out of his a$$.

  20. Sara says:

    Minus the drug addiction.

  21. Chomp says:

    His brother was in a movie called Idiocracy. He could have tied that in perfectly when talking about Trump here.