Jason Bateman compares the Trumps to the Bluths

With season five of Arrested Development right around the corner, Jason Bateman joined The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and compared the Trump family to his TV family, the wealthy, unscrupulous, and scandal-ridden Bluths, all headed by George (Jeffrey Tambor), a father figure of questionable character. Breaking down the likenesses, Bateman said, “There are brothers that I think equal ours in number, there’s a crazy dad, a crazy mom, and a lot of moral bankruptcy.” 

And by looks alone, even the Bluth’s attorney (played by Henry Winkler) invites comparison with Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, who is dealing with a bit of legal trouble right now.

The Bluths and Trumps have so much in common idealistically that Donald Trump actually stole one of their old ideas. “There were some story lines that started back in the early 2000s,” Bateman said. “Like the wall between Mexico and the United States was a dumb, dumb Bluth family idea that is of course now tragically real.”

Despite all their shenanigans and shady dealings, not all Bluths are bad. Bateman plays Michael, the good one, to put it simply, but there’s a Trump comparison there too. When Colbert asked, “Which Trump is most like your character, Michael Bluth?” Bateman replied, “Barron. He’s essentially innocent and has that ever-present look of, ‘How am I gonna get out of here?’”

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert airs weeknights at 11:35 on CBS.

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