Anthony Scaramucci, we hardly knew you. The slick Wall Street bro who became Trump’s latest mouthpiece was fired Monday, just 11 days into his beleaguered tenure as White House communications director. According to White House aides, the new Chief of Staff, former army general John Kelly, was stunned that Scaramucci kept his job after his totally bonkers interview with The New Yorker and recommended that he be let go immediately. But even though it’s Kelly who’s being painted as the driving force behind Scaramucci’s firing, one gets the impression that Trump wasn’t too eager to keep him on board.
Right from the outset, Scaramucci’s hunger for the spotlight was glaring. The brash Wall Street executive was cut from the same cloth as his boss—both New York City grifters with a knack for self-promotion and a keen understanding of the power of publicity.
Take for example, this story from The Daily Beast, which claims that Scaramucci paid $100,000 for a brief cameo in Wall Street: Never Sleeps, Oliver Stone’s disappointing sequel to his 1987 classic. The former SkyBridge Capital boss is on screen for less than 15 seconds and doesn’t do much in terms of acting, but he did manage to negotiate some promotion for his hedge fund company, whose logo also appears in the film.
Anyone with that kind of hunger for attention was never going to last alongside Trump. In fact, the president also shot a scene for the film, but it was ultimately left on the cutting room floor. Stone told Newsweek that while Trump was a serviceable performer, his diva-like demands went overboard. Lucky for us, Newsweek obtained a copy of Trump’s contract, which reveals a man deeply insecure with his own appearance:
“The preferred camera angle is Mr. Trump sitting front face to camera slightly favoring his right side, while avoiding left hair part and back and sides of hair and head. Camera eye level or above. If any angle shots need to be taken, please only use Mr. Trump’s ¾ right side angle shot, while still avoiding the back and sides of hair/head. Lighting, warm golden lighting (no red tones please). Can you please include an eye light (if shooting in high definition, eye light needs to be even more powerful). Also, we had more success with being front lit and avoiding strong lighting behind top of hair/head). The result is golden blond hair, warm golden (even tone) tan skin and a more defined jaw-line. A great reference for Mr. Trump’s look is always the boardroom scenes in Celebrity Apprentice. Can you please provide a monitor for Mr. Trump to see the shot before he starts.”
So, did Trump just learn that Scaramucci’s scene made the final cut of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps while his own cameo was relegated to the Blu-ray extras graveyard, and was that enough for Trump to show him the door? Of course not. But the underlying principle is the same. Trump likes to be the brightest star in the room, and while brief, Scaramucci’s reign was too loud, and too spectacular. At least he has an acting career to fall back on.