Owen Wilson says he ‘gets a kick’ out of Donald Trump — the ‘Charlie Sheen’ of politics
Actor Owen Wilson compared Republican 2016 frontrunner to bipolar actor and former Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen.
Mediaite reported that Wilson was giving an interview to promote his new film No Escape when he said that Trump is like a bull in a china shop, politically, because of his refusal to censor himself — often appearing to say whatever comes into his head at any given time.
“Like everybody, I watched the GOP debates—and I don’t know the last time I watched debates,” said Wilson. “It’s usually almost like a football game — when it gets down to the final two, now we’re going to watch the Democrat versus the Republican. But to watch this early on, when they’ve got 15 people on the stage, it would never have happened unless Trump was there.”
“You can’t help but get a kick out of him, and I think part of it is we’re so used to politicians on both sides sounding like actors at press junkets — it’s sort of by rote, and they say all the right things,” Wilson told the Daily Beast. “So here’s somebody who’s not following that script. It’s like when Charlie Sheen was doing that stuff — like, wow! He’s answering a question completely honestly, and in an entertaining way. You sort of feel he could be a character from Network.”
Wilson said that he doesn’t know that he can take the real estate mogul and former reality TV star seriously as a candidate, but that he’s certainly entertaining to watch.
“I don’t know if I’m not taking it as seriously as I should,” he went on. “But when he said he was going down to the border and he showed up at a press conference and said, ‘Now I’m going out to the border and I hope I’ll see you later’ — sort of suggesting that it was so dangerous that ‘Who knows if I’ll see you later?’ — I don’t know, it was just funny to me. The guy is a showman. You have to sort of get a kick out of the guy. It is entertaining, for sure. That’s why people are tuning in.”
“You can’t honestly believe he really could be president, do you?” Wilson asked. “I have a hard time believing that…that still seems so far away. That doesn’t quite seem realistic to me. But talk to me in a few months. We’ll see.”