White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is often in the headlines, and often times in the headlines for bad reasons. The former executive chair of Breitbart News has been labeled a racist xenophobe on many occasions, rightfully or wrongfully, for giving the alt-right a platform to display their controversial message.
Long before Bannon became Donald Trump’s right-hand man, the Virginia native had delusions of grandeur about being a Hollywood big shot. One of his ideas was reworking William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus into “hip-hop musical” about the Los Angeles riots. The project has been heavily discussed on the Internet, but someone finally got their hands on the screenplay.
NowThis not only got a copy of the entire screenplay for The Thing I Am, but also staged a reading with comedic actors. Cedric Yarbrough (Reno 911), Gary Anthony Williams (The Boondocks), Rob Corddry (Ballers) and Nyima Funk (Whose Line Is It Anyway) are just a few of notable names to contribute to the table read.
The screenplay, amazingly, is even more ridiculous than you would’ve imagined from Bannon. The talented cast does their best to make it work but the even the veteran actors struggle with the work.
Bannon, and Trump more specifically, have ignited backlash from multiple industries. Especially regarding the proposed Muslim ban, their impact on the global fashion industry, and his meeting with Kanye West.
Watch actors read Steve Bannon’s The Thing I Am screenplay below.