Donald Trump Movie ‘The Apprentice’ Receives Standing Ovation At Cannes

The much-awaited world premiere of the Donald Trump thriller The Apprentice which stars Sebastian Stan as a youthful version of the real estate mogul before he became a multimillionaire took place on Monday night at the 77th Cannes Film Festival.

Nothing had generated more pre-premiere discussion and anticipation at this year’s glitzy French film festival than Francis Ford Coppola’s outrageously grandiose swan song, Megalopolis. The Apprentice was supposedly completed just a few days before its premiere, thus almost no one had seen it before it was unveiled.

All The Stars Of The The Apprentice Walked The Red Carpet

At the Cannes premiere, Ali Abbasi, Stan, Martin Donovan, and Maria Bakalova walked the red carpet. The only actor not there was Jeremy Strong, who plays Roy Cohn, the movie’s infamous political fixer.

The Apprentice, written by Gabe Sherman and directed by renowned Iranian-Danish director Abbasi, examines Donald Trump’s ascent to prominence in 1980s America under the influence of fiery right-wing lawyer Roy Cohn. Succession star Strong co-stars as Cohn with Oscar and Golden Globe nominee Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm) as Ivana Trump and Martin Donovan (Tenet) as Fred Trump Sr.

Following the screening, Abbasi gave his actors heartfelt hugs, and Cate Blanchett was the first to stand up, embrace Bakalova, and cheer while seated right in front of the director and crew. Stan received the biggest round of praise for his outstanding portrayal of Trump. The audience applauded and clapped passionately, remaining standing for almost eight minutes, however by the fourth minute, several were seen leaving the auditorium.

Abbasi encouraged the audience by clapping and pointing sporadically to various audience members. During the standing ovation, Agassi put up his phone to the cameras to reveal a shirtless selfie of Strong wearing a costume and appearing to be backstage at his performance in New York. Huge applause was generated, and Abassi planted a kiss on the screen of his phone.

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