Ben Affleck
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Actor and director Ben Affleck says, in a recent interview, that Donald Trump wanted to appear in movies as part of the deal involving filming on any of his properties. In other words, any director who wanted to shoot a scene on the estate of Trump had to put him in a cameo.

Ben Affleck’s interview for The Guardian is complex and refers to several aspects in the actor’s life and views on fame, acting, directing and politics. In it, the Gone Girl star opens up about his mistakes in the past, the new perspective gained through parenthood and the price of celebrity, that he has come to terms with. Aside from that, he also addressed the issue of dealing with the upcoming presidency of business mogul and republican Donald Trump. With this occasion, he mentioned that Trump’s big ego is something that has always been there.

“He was famous for only granting permission for films to shoot on his real estate locations if they put him in as a cameo”, Affleck says. The actor remembers a conversation he has had with director Marty Best, in which the latter said he had to create a scene all for Trump in the movie Scent of A Woman, in which Trump and Al Pacino bump into each other and the first one says: “Hey! Donald Trump, nice to meet you.”

Affleck remembers he had only met The Apprentice star once, at a fashion event in Milan. “You knew you were at a cheesy party if Donald Trump was there”, he added.

As for Trump’s election, Affleck says it is the effect of the rising populism. “I spent five months in London [last year] and I have to say the Brexit vote smacked of the same kinds of things I heard here”, he says, referring to politicians using the frustration of the waves of immigrants – in the UK, it was mostly the Polish who were targeted; in the U.S. it was the Mexican Americans. While mentioning he still believes in the “basic goodness of people”, the Batman vs Superman star can’t help but noticing “we are going through a spell where we’re in thrall to some ugly ideas and ugly notions.”