‘Veep’ Star On Trump-Clinton Race: ‘Political Comedy’

Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter
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“Veep” star Tony Hale said Donald Trump’s campaign antics are making the show seem less like satire.

In an interview with The Wrap, the 45-year-old actor who plays Gary Walsh, the personal aide to the president on the HBO series, said the Republican presidential nominee is definitely giving his show a “run for its money” this year. (VIDEO: Julia Louis-Dreyfus: ‘I’m Very Satisfied’ With Obama And Will Vote For Him Again)

Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus and actor Tony Hale of HBO's series "Veep" pose backstage with their awards for Best Actress in a Comedy Series and Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles September 22, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (EMMYS-BACKSTAGE)


“As ‘Veep’ storylines got strange this year, of course, so did the real-life presidential election,” Hale said. “The show’s becoming less of a satire. Honestly, David was just saying this: ‘The whole thing with Melania’s speech, if we had written that, HBO would have fired us, because it was too broad.'”

“There’s a lot of stuff on the surface in this campaign that’s given ‘Veep’ a run for its money,” he added. “There’s so much bitterness and cynicism and tension right now, and I try not to contribute to that. But man, it’s wild.”

“It’s a circus, its own political comedy, and many times your jaw just drops,” he continued. “In the ‘Veep’ world, it’s fun to create chaos and see what fun comes of it. It’s not necessarily fun to watch that play out in the real world.”