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10 Movie Characters ‘Inspired’ by Donald Trump

Never mind Biff from ‘Back to the Future’ — here are a few other famous Trump-like film roles

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We had 30 years to prepare for 'Back to the Future Day,' but that doesn't mean that it wasn't still full of surprises. Of all of yesterday's crazy factoids and trivia-based tidbits, perhaps the most profound revelation was: Biff, the mouth-breathing cretin who bullies Marty McFly across several leaps in space-time, was explicitly inspired by Donald Trump (and not the other way around, as we had always assumed).

In an interview with The Daily Beast, screenwriter Bob Gale set the record straight: "We thought about [Trump] when we made the movie! Are you kidding?" Gale then pointed to the Back to the Future Part II scene in which Biff, having leveraged the profits from his casino empire into a misbegotten political career, stands in his office and assumes the same pose he did in the massive portrait that hangs on the wall behind him.

William Randolph Hearst served as the model for Charles Foster Kane.
 The basis for Llewyn Davis was folk musician Dave Van Ronk. Karl Rove clearly inspired the titular character in The Babadook. And now we finally know that Biff Tannen was indeed made possible thanks to the Man With the Hair Who Would Be President.

In light of this new information, it's probably only a matter of time before Trump decides to sue everyone involved in the trilogy, but let's be honest: Biff isn't the only famous movie character that's gleaned a thing or two from the Donald, a font of creative inspiration who has given more to America's screenwriters than he ever will to America's middle-class. Here are 10 characters from film history who either took their cues from the Republican Party's loudest candidate, or we're almost 100-percent sure shaped him into the man we currently know and love.


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