Donald Trump inspired ‘Ted Lasso’ to be less ‘belligerent’


While the extremely optimistic football coach has been creating a feel-good mood since the show began in summer 2020, Lasso was initially imagined as a much more “belligerent” guy.

When asked why the “Ted Lasso” team decided to steer clear of a more rugged leadership, the Apple TV+ star replied, “It was because of the culture we lived in.”

“I’m not particularly active online and it actually affected me,” he continued. “Then Donald Trump comes down the escalator. I was like, ‘Okay, that’s silly,’ and then what he unleashed in people.”

Afterwards, Sudeikis decided that he “didn’t want to portray Lasso as a tyrant”.

“I hated that people wouldn’t listen to each other,” the actor continued. “Things became very binary and I don’t think the world works that way.”

This isn’t the first time Sudeikis has taken issue with Trump.

“I don’t know if he’s a good boss,” Sudeikis said of Trump. “He seems to be something like the Ronald McDonald of bosses. He’s more of a figurehead. He’s probably making decisions, but I bet people are like, “Ah.” [waves dismissively].'”

Season 3 of Ted Lasso premiered in March and is streaming now on Apple TV+.

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