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Adam McKay thinks a White House win for Donald Trump — for all his business acumen — would be positively disastrous for the U.S. financial system.
In The Hollywood Reporter‘s debate centering on The Big Short, the former Saturday Night Live head writer-turned director of goofy comedies (Anchorman, Step Brothers) — and now edging into dramedy territory as helmer of The Big Short — expressed his disappointment in the lack of meaningful legislative response in the wake of the financial crisis.
But he remains skeptical that a new president in 2016 will do any better, particularly if it’s Donald Trump.
Asked by THR what a Trump presidency would mean for the U.S. financial system, McKay joked: “Uh, well, Steve Carell [who plays investor Steve Eisman] loves Trump, so I don’t want to cross any lines here. I don’t want to get him upset.”
“I’ve made no bones about that,” said Carell, laughing.
McKay continued to riff on the Big Short cast’s political leanings: “Ryan’s [Gosling] a [Ben] Carson guy. Carell’s a Trump guy. Trump. That’s like, you’re treating an appendectomy, would it make it better or worse if you just threw a cat on it? (Laughing.) No! That’s just raw insanity. Would it help if we set 20 house cats loose in the White House? America starts to crumble at that point.”
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