As much as President Donald Trump spars with Hollywood, the former reality TV star has his own flair for theatrics. This side of the commander-in-chief came out during his meeting with North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un when Trump showed an action movie-style trailer he had made for the occasion.
“We had it made up. I showed it to him today, actually during the meeting, toward the end of the meeting, and I think he loved it,” Trump said at a news conference, according to the Associated Press.
The four-minute-long trailer, as shown by The Guardian, portrays Trump and Kim as heroes. “Seven billion people inhabit planet earth,” a narrator says. “Of those alive today, only a small number will leave a lasting impact, and only the very few will make decisions or take actions that renew their homeland and change the course of history.”
Accompanied by imagery of military marches, waving citizens, Trump, and Kim, the trailer brings the tagline, “Two men, two leaders, one destiny.” Note the seemingly manufactured “Destiny Productions” title card.
Kim’s father, Kim Jong-il, had a lifelong obsession with Hollywood movies, as chronicled in Paul Fischer’s book A Kim Jong-il Production and the documentary The Lovers and the Despot, both of which note how he even kidnapped a South Korean director and actress to make films for him. Kim Jong-il often used the medium as propaganda to boost North Korean nationalism.
This movie trailer was reportedly shown to eight North Korean delegates at Trump’s summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore. The U.S. president told press that the narrative depicted in the trailer “could very well be the future.” He added, “I showed it because I really want him to do something.”