Wonder Woman 1984 will mark the DC Extended Universe debut of Pedro Pascal as the cunning and devious Maxwell Lord. If you've already seen some of the film's teasers featuring the villain, chances are his looks, style, and the way he carries himself immediately reminded you of a certain individual — none other than the 45th President of the United States Donald Trump.
Director Patty Jenkins seemed to have hinted in previous interviews that Maxwell is indeed based on Trump but if you'd ask The Mandalorian star, he doesn't really see the similarities between the two. In a recent appearance with the cast and director on SiriusXM to hype up WW84, Pedro said that if anything, Maxwell reminds him of Wall Street's Gordon Gekko, a character played by Michael Douglas in the 1987 film. "What's fascinating is that there are so many ... I'll be totally honest with you, when I first started talking to [director] Patty [Jenkins] about it, I was like, 'We're doing Gordon Gekko, right? Like, this is Gordon Gekko,'" he said.
Pascal continued, "And she's like, ‘It's not one, it's not any one thing,' especially that polished. Like, we're not going to lean into that. Do you know what I mean? It's essential for everyone, for every character, for Diana in 1984 and how much lonelier she is and everything that Gal [Gadot] has just described and, and the evolution of what becomes Cheetah and where Max Lord's intentions are born from, it's all so much more vulnerable than you would expect."
Maxwell Lord gives off a Donald Trump vibe for sure but before you raise your eyebrows and try to cancel Jenkins for being a "pro" Trump supporter, I'm pretty sure it's not exactly that way. The director has a good creative direction and we can all enjoy Wonder Woman 84 when it drops on cinemas and HBO Max.
Wonder Woman 1984 debuts in both cinemas and HBO Max on December 25.
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