Word-for-word excerpts of movie scripts were included in Donald Trump’s inauguration speech as a practical joke by Vladimir Putin, a Kremlin source has confirmed.
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Putin is said to have been unable to resist “having a little fun” after being assured Trump would say “absolutely anything” he was told.
Ideas considered included having the incoming US president begin his speech with: “My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the armies of the north, general of the Felix Legions.”
Putin is also said to have suggested Trump simply shout “Adrian! Adrian!” over and over again like a punch-drunk Rocky, before the Russian president was forced adjourn a meeting until all present had regained composure.
Our source said: “Amusing as it would have been to make it famous but arbitrarily chosen lines like ‘We’re gonna need a bigger boat,’ it was agreed the words should have some relevance to Trump’s character.
“So Mr Putin settled on the words of Bane from The Dark Knight Rises as well as lines from Bee Movie and Avatar, representing mania, juvenility and pointlessness respectively.
“We just assumed people would get it.”
Trump strenuously denied Putin is dictating his every word using famous film lines.
He said: “Look for the bare necessities, the simple bare necessities, forget about your worries and your strife.
“I mean the bare necessities, that’s why a bear can rest at ease, with just the bare necessities of life.”