Naomi Watts Has Been ‘Practicing Rock Climbing’ for Donald Trump’s Wall

Allegiant film premiere
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The release of “Allegiant,” the third installment of the “Divergent” franchise starring Shailene Woodley, couldn’t have been timed any better.

Lionsgate hosted the New York premiere of the sci-fi film at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square Theatre on Monday night. The thriller explores the danger of authoritarian leaders trading on fear. This issue, of course, is timely — set against the presidential election as angry protesters suggest that GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is a tyrant.

But Woodley wouldn’t touch the political elephant in the room with a 10-foot pole. When asked what she thinks about Trump, the actress stayed quiet. “I think a lot of things,” Woodley told Variety. “Let’s talk about the movie.”

“There’s a lot of messages,” Woodley said of the third of four films, which have grossed nearly $600 million worldwide. “One of the biggest themes in this movie has to do with trust, who Tris is going to trust, is she going to trust the antagonist or her partner, Four, and trying to dabble between those two worlds.”

Naomi Watts, who plays a power-hungry dictator, explained that the parallels between “Allegiant” and the current political landscape create added value. “Veronica Roth wrote these novels before all of this took place with Trump,” Watts said. “But it’s fantastic that the fan base gets a little bit more than what they bargained for, and a little bit more of a conversation, perhaps.”

For her take on the GOP frontrunner, Watts joked, “In case I get stuck on the other side of the wall, I have a harness, and I have been practicing rock climbing.”

Director Robert Schwentke and actors Theo James, Miles TellerAnsel ElgortJeff Daniels, Zoe Kravitz and Maggie Q also attended the premiere.

The swanky after-party was held at Cipriani 42nd Street. The historic former bank building was outfitted with a light show, transforming the space into a futuristic club fit for the film. With multiple full bars, and several separate stations for hot pasta, steak, fish, salad and dessert, few expenses were spared.

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  1. taffy says:

    Naomi isn’t a criminal and has a visa so she’s fine. Now is she ends up accidentally setting foot in Mexico, she’ll probably end up in a filthy prison for weeks/months on end like others have and with no help from Obama who is too busy partying with celebs.

    • Tomas Agusto Mivergara says:

      When you do all the hard work and rely less on cheap labor, then there will be no people coming to do it for you. Also stop using drugs so people stop killing themselves trying to sustain your addiction! Do this, otherwise stop being a complainer and get your shit together, loser!

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