'The Comey Rule's' Donald Trump is a menace, not a cartoon. Here's how they did it

Showtime's miniseries reimagines TV's most familiar character — the president — by treating him as a threat. We went behind the scenes to find out how.

9/28/2020 4:33:00 AM

Showtime's 'The Comey Rule' reimagines TV's most familiar character — Donald Trump — by replacing 'SNL'-style caricature with a more threatening presence.

Showtime's miniseries reimagines TV's most familiar character — the president — by treating him as a threat. We went behind the scenes to find out how.

Jeff Daniels as James Comey, left, and Brendan Gleeson as Donald Trump in “The Comey Rule.”(Ben Mark Holzberg / CBS Television Studios / Showtime)AdvertisementAll of Gleeson’s lines are“things I know Trump has said for a fact,” said Ray, who based the script on Comey’s book “A Higher Loyalty” as well as transcripts of Trump’s speeches and the president’s social media statements. Trump’s defenses against allegations of sexual assault, illegal election collusion and that scathing Steele dossier sound much more menacing when delivered by Gleeson: in a strategically softer voice, with minimal mannerisms and behind closed doors.

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“When I first heard his voice, it was one of the greatest moments of my career, in terms of relief and the sheer thrill factor,” Ray recalled of Gleeson, who worked with a vocal coach for two months to nail Trump’s timbre. “It’s not overdone; it’s just enough so that it’s the essence of the character, as Brendan does in all of his parts.”

Airing just weeks before the presidential election, Ray hopes the project highlights Comey’s plight and shows viewers “how heartbreaking it is to be a public servant.” And what if Trump himself tunes in?“I’m pretty sure it will wind up on his radar in some way, and I don’t imagine he’ll be too happy about it,” he said. “It’s really likely that I’m gonna get a mean nickname on Twitter. And I’ve already prepared my family that the IRS will probably do an audit on my taxes, and maybe the U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering my mail.

Advertisement“He has his fingers on a lot of red buttons, and it’s possible some of them will get directed at me,” he continued. “If that’s the price that I have to pay to be part of the national conversation on how threatened our democracy is right now, that’s fine with me.”

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Losers! Here's how they did it: They took the same fail crap they've used for the last 4 years, and recycled all of it. Gleeson is too good looking. Donald looks more like a disgusting orange pig The is now a publication that exclusively fights against the Republicans. I almost would want to watch it for the guaranteed laughs. Almost. The attempts to make that weasel Comey seem honorable would probably be funny.

Good thing all this BS is fictitious. It would suck to tell the truth about it. But don't fret friends. The real movie and the truth is rolling right now. And you all get to watch. You see, what they did was, they took all the incorrect media reporting or the last 3.5 years and turned it into a script. Creating the best parody that ever existed

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Opinion | 'The Comey Rule' makes the former FBI director into a good guy — which he never wasOpinion | Sam Thielman: Showtime's 'The Comey Rule' makes the former FBI director into 'the good guy' he never was. - NBCNewsTHINK THINK FU MONEY: Beaucoup Billionaire MikeBloomberg Is Flipping US Senate w/ Up To 5 Billion Dollars In Cash Spending Across 50 States Next 35 Days, Union & Church Halls Are Lining Up For MASSIVE Get Out The Vote Payday. THINK “Laugh out loud...Such an enjoyable ride...I truly recommend it!” - Richard Bey Fishbowl 45 is THE Parody of Donald Trump. Barr None. THINK YES. I felt the same way trying to get through Comey's insufferably aggrandizing book. ComeyIsNoHero

Reconsidering ComeyThe story was always about the relationship between a man and an institution. Nah, it’s about the relationship between a man and his confused self. Chills watching Comey’s treatment of Hillary “will go down as probably the lowest moment in the history of the FBI, probably next to the decision of J. Edgar Hoover to wiretap Martin Luther King.” It's his sexism that got us here

'The Comey Rule': TV ReviewJeff Daniels plays former FBI director James Comey to Brendan Gleeson's Donald Trump in TheComeyRule, Showtime's miniseries about the mess surrounding Hillary Clinton's emails and the Russia probe. Read THR's review How is james comey roming our streets a free man?! which based on the document dumps in the last week is completely fictional.. but it is hollywood so there is that..