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‘Hamilton’ star also reveals that ‘Grand Theft Auto’ taught him how to navigate around Los Angeles

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live Friday where he talked about being in Mexico on the same day that Donald Trump was elected president.

“I was literally in the air for Election Day, I was flying there to do press for Moana, and I sort of woke up to the news of the new orange president,” Miranda said. “And the headline that came with my newspaper in the morning was a picture of Donald hugging the flag – which is his thing, he hugs flags – and the headline read ‘A Temblar.’

Translation: “Start Trembling.” “That was the headline of the biggest Mexican newspaper,” Miranda said.

“So they’re excited about it?,” Kimmel joked.

Miranda also shared an anecdote about Vice President Joe Biden coming to see Hamilton on Broadway and, during intermission, patiently waiting on a bathroom line while his Secret Service agents stood guard. “You know how bad the Broadway lines are. The line wraps around into the lobby. And there’s Joe Biden,” Miranda said.

The Tony-winning star also talked about the touring production of Hamilton as well as an experience early in his career where he got lost in South Central L.A. but was able to navigate himself thanks to a video game.

“If you’ve played Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, you have a mental map of Los Angeles already,” Miranda said. “It’s like, ‘Oh, me and Smoky started a gang on this corner. I turn left here and then I’m uptown.'”

Miranda and Kimmel also marveled at a clip from a Japanese production of Hamilton, which involves even more complex rhymes given that the Japanese language relies on more syllables. “It’s so dope,” Miranda exclaimed.


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