Donald Trump's Spitting Image Impersonator Reveals What He's Discovered About President

Ash Percival
·Entertainment Editor, HuffPost UK
·3-min read

Donald Trump’s Spitting Image impersonator has described the president as “intellectually insecure”.

Matt Forde, who voices Trump along with Boris Johnson and Sir Keir Starmer, also revealed he believes the US leader is “always trying to prove himself,” after studying him for the satirical puppet show.

Speaking to the PA news agency, Matt said: “I think he’s really sensitive and I think he doesn’t feel he gets the respect he deserves and I imagine that’s quite a profound thing going back to his relationship with his father, he always feels like he’s not getting a fair deal.

Donald Trump's Spitting Image puppet (Photo: BritBox)
Donald Trump's Spitting Image puppet (Photo: BritBox)

“This guy is very rich, he’s the president of the United States, most people would feel like they’d achieved something.

“You get the sense he’s always trying to prove himself, so he’s very insecure, he’s intellectually insecure, so he’ll do that thing where when he’s just found out something, he’ll tell you it to impress you and you think, ‘Well, you’ve just found that out’.

“My main impression of him is that he’s deeply insecure.”

Revealing this little tics and mannerisms of Trump’s he has picked up on, Matt continued: “There are the big ones, the big hand movements and there’s a little facial thing that he’s been doing for years.

“He does it at the end of a point, kind of like a half smile, a kind of ‘told you so’, but slightly vulnerable.

“He’ll say things like, ‘Everybody knows that Joe is corrupt and I’ve known that for a long time…’.

“He’s got lots of different tics and really he’s the only person that can fully do him so there’s always something more to find out.

“And of course people’s voices and mannerisms change over time, as his have even in the course of his presidency, so you have to constantly watch him looking for those little things.

“You can do a general impression but it’s when you really notice the detail, that’s when it becomes a masterpiece.”

Boris Johnson's Spitting Image puppet (Photo: ITV/BBC/Britbox)
Boris Johnson's Spitting Image puppet (Photo: ITV/BBC/Britbox)

Comparing voicing Trump to voicing the prime minister, Matt said: “I guess in a way in the show they are both idiots, but different types of idiots, so Trump is malignant but thick and nasty and rude, whereas Boris is kind of bumbling and led by (Dominic) Cummings and weak and beholden and kind of slightly naive, daft, which is so much fun.

“This guy’s in charge of the country and here we are kind of highlighting him as a total fool, there’s something really cheeky and pleasurable about that.”

Spitting Image’s creator Roger Law has revealed there could be big changes to the show should Joe Biden win the election.

Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Donald Trump and Mike Pence as depicted in Spitting Image (Photo: BritBox)
Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Donald Trump and Mike Pence as depicted in Spitting Image (Photo: BritBox)

Speaking to Radio Times, he said: “Donald Trump is an absolute gift to a satirical show but on the other hand I would like to see him go, I really would.

“If Biden wins I think we might have to remake him. The current puppet hasn’t got a blink; he’s got no eyes. The mouth is good but he wears a mask with, ‘Shut up, man!’ written on it.”

Spitting Image returned to screens earlier this month, with streaming service BritBox airing new episodes each week.

The show originally ran for 18 series between 1984 and 1996 and was watched by 15 million viewers in its heyday.

Spitting Image will be on ITV this Saturday at 10pm with the first of two specials dedicated to the US election, the second of which is only available to watch on BritBox.


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This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.