According to the Huffington Post, Sacha Baron Cohen’s new movie The Brothers Grimsby contains a scene in which Donald Trump contracts HIV, a development that’s offensive to both Donald Trump and people with HIV. You’re probably only worried about the feelings of one of those two groups, but Sony — fearing a revival of the whole Interview mess — is reportedly trying to bury the film now that Trump has become the likely Republican Presidential nominee. “If you were told that they’re shying away from the movie because of the political implications, I can tell you that’s 100-percent true,” one anonymous source says. The studio has reportedly cut down on marketing the film — though this reporter can confirm its trailer played ahead of The Witch — and added a disclaimer. But others say the reports of political conflict are just a shadowy attempt at viral marketing; no one in Hollywood cares about having a good relationship with President Trump. As with everything to do with Trump, it’s impossible to know what’s real, and what’s a put-on.
The Brothers Grimsby. Photo: Sony Pictures