Several years back, the film Iron Sky hit theaters, and audiences were exposed to a ridiculous, over-the-top story about Nazis invading from space. As one would expect, the film was weird, goofy, and unexpected, and in the film, they introduced a caricaturized version of Sarah Palin, who is president of the U.S. in this alternate timeline.
Obviously, in the years since then, we’ve seen a huge shift in American and worldwide politics with Donald Trump being elected as president. However, since the upcoming sequel Iron Sky: The Coming Race was conceived both on an alternate timeline and before Trump was elected, they were unable to incorporate him into the story.
Hell, they even released a trailer that teased the fact that there would be no Donald Trump in it. However, if the filmmakers DID have the opportunity to incorporate the polarizing figure, would they? I asked director Timo Vuroensola that very question in a recent phone chat. Here’s what he had to say.
“And I guess the answer is yes, but also the answer is I’m kind of happy we didn’t. The problem with Trump is that no matter what we would’ve done with Trump, Trump would out-Trump us all the time. So that way, I think whatever we would have said in the movie, however crazy character we would’ve created out of Trump, he would still be much crazier. So in that way you can never compete with Trump on the insanity factor, so I’m kind of happy that we don’t have to.
“And also, I think there’s enough of Trump all over. It’s like we don’t… I think every time somebody does parody something about Trump, it just raises his figure. And I don’t know, I don’t think he needs any more of that, I think he needs less of that. So the more people make fun out of him, the more they forget that actually the decisions and the politics that he’s driving for are actually horrible things. Not just a funny guy in a funny suit with the funny hair, he’s actually dangerous. But you know, the more people make fun of the character itself, the more they… It’s easy to forget what’s the huge and well-planned, very intelligent, actually power play that he’s playing in the background. But that’s… You know, let’s not go too much into politics with this. Let’s let the movie do the politics.”
So, if Trump parodies ain’t your thing, fret not, Iron Sky: The Coming Race doesn’t have any of them. Instead, it follows decades after the original film, long after the world becomes inhospitable following a nuclear war. But don’t worry, there are plenty of goofy laughs to be had along the way.
Keep an eye out for my full interview with Vuroensola later this week!
Iron Sky: The Coming Race hits On Demand and Digital on July 19, 2019.
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