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President Donald Trump on Saturday shared a heavily altered video clip from the 1996 film Independence Day in which it appears that he gives the iconic speech from the President of the United States.
Not only is Trump superimposed, but so are others in the crowd, including Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, Jr., as well as Fox News’ personalities Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity.
As of 8:30 p.m., the president’s post had been retweeted 50,000 times and had more than 153,000 “likes.”
Actor Bill Pullman, who played President Thomas J. Whitmore in Independence Day, was among those who saw the clip. And he responded.
“My voice belongs to no one but me, and I’m not running for president — this year,” Pullman told The Hollywood Reporter.
Only Trump’s face is superimposed in the video he shared, but the voice is still that of Pullman. It is unclear why Trump hijacked the moment.
ID4 star Vivica A. Fox shared her disgust for the altered clip via social media. “Pretending [you] know what [you’re] doing?? Can’t believe [you] would insult our classic film this way! But hey! Typical POS behavior! [You] never had the leadership or courage to do this role! Never!” the actress wrote on Twitter.
However, another star of the film who actually appears in the real scene was in favor of the president’s post.
“At the premiere of our film ID4 the audience lined around 2 blocks and leapt to their feet, cheering with patriotic enthusiasm throughout the film. I had not seen that kind of intense fervor until the Trump rallies,” staunch Trump supporter Randy Quaid wrote Monday on Twitter.
In the film, starring Pullman, Fox, Quaid, Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum, President Whitmore gives the climactic speech to troops before their assault on the alien invaders. A sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence, was released in 2016.
May 18, 10 a.m.: Updated with comments from ID4 stars Vivica A. Fox and Randy Quaid.
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