Their scenes largely took place in boardrooms in New York City, where Derek’s character, Katie, had been meeting rich colleagues of her deceased husband in order to carry out a nefarious plan.
“Looking back, I knew Donald Trump,” Derek recalled when speaking to Yahoo!’s Editor Ethan Alter. “We just got a call from a mutual friend saying, ‘Donald you know is looking to be in movies. And I know you’re making a movie now. Can you—is there a cameo you could put him in?’”
Derek went on to explain that she and her team agreed to put Trump in the film because they “were going to be in New York anyway.”
“We wrote a little scene,” Derek said. “And he was in the movie.”
She noted that it took her a while to realize that the “mutual friend” she shared with Trump might have been Trump himself.
In her own words, Derek said: “And now, looking back on it, there was that time when he was – I believe he was pretending to be his own press agent and calling newspapers and magazines to get his named dropped in the social scene.”
“Ghosts Can’t Do It” was the first credited acting role Trump had, according to his profile on IMDb.
The real estate mogul appeared in dozens of other onscreen projects as himself or as an affluent fictional charter until 2013.
Derek admitted she began to suspect Trump might have been his own agent when he began his presidential campaign.
Reports came to light in 2016 that Trump may have served as his own spokesman with the alias John Barron.
Besides Trump’s curious talent management team from the ’80s and ’90s, Derek told Yahoo! Entertainment that he did well in his first movie.
“He was great, and we wrote it to get in and out of his offices very quickly,” Derek shared. “He’d been a friend for quite a while.”
The horror romcom movie received critical reception earned multiple film awards that are dedicated to highlighting unpopular films, including three Stinkers Bad Movie Awards and a Golden Raspberry Award.