Mnuchin, one of Suicide Squad‘s executive producers who also helped finance the film through RatPac, was announced this morning as a member of Trump’s economic advisory board. In a statement (via Politico), the Republican presidential candidate called his all-male team as having “unparalleled experience and success in business.”
Suicide Squad is directed by David Ayer and features a primary cast of supervillain characters from DC comics. In the face of largely negative reviews, the film earned approximately $20.5 million from Thursday night screenings, giving it the largest preview night for the month of August.
Earlier this year, Mnuchin was announced as the national fundraiser chairman for the Trump campaign.
“Steven is a professional at the highest level with an extensive and very successful financial background,” Trump said in a statement released after the announcement. “He brings unprecedented experience and expertise to a fundraising operation that will benefit the Republican Party and ultimately defeat Hillary Clinton.”
“You’d be surprised how many secret Republicans there are in Hollywood,” Mnuchin told Showbiz411 during the Suicide Squad premiere. He added, “It’s a unique time for an outsider to come to Washington and make a difference.”
According to Bloomberg, Trump’s appointment of Mnuchin is not without a tainted past. He pocketed about $3.2 million from money stolen by Bernie Madoff and was subsequently sued by a trustee in 2010. The suit was dropped last year due to time restrictions.
Mnuchin recently appeared on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street, where he stated Trump spent $56 million of his own money during his bid for president of the U.S.
Answering a question about rumored strife within the campaign, he said, “I think this is all stuff that the press is just making up and talking about. I was at campaign headquarters all day for the last two days. People could not be more excited about what’s going on. Donald’s on the road today, I’m meeting him later in the week and this weekend at fundraising events.”