Before Chris O’Donnell was cast as Special Agent Grisha “G.” Callen on “NCIS: Los Angeles” in the late aughts, the actor was known best for his movie career. He played the Robin to George Clooney’s Dark Knight in the campy ’90s superhero flick “Batman & Robin.” But, while Donald Trump once declared that he is Batman, it was the set of the 1992 drama “Scent of a Woman” where O’Donnell encountered Trump.
In a 2017 appearance on “Conan,” O’Donnell recalled that part of the movie was filmed at The Plaza Hotel, a property “Trump owned at the time.” According to O’Donnell, he and his co-stars were told: “that in order for us to film at The Plaza, we had a little walk-on part for Donald and Marla [Maples].” Trump and his ex-wife were filmed exiting a car and entering the hotel, but their cameo was ultimately left on the cutting room floor. After hearing O’Donnell’s anecdote, Conan O’Brien quipped that “[the filmmakers] were throwing that footage away as [Trump] was leaving.”
When O’Donnell didn’t join O’Brien in speculating about why the footage was cut, the talk show host joked that the actor was “afraid of being audited.” However, O’Donnell’s “Scent of a Woman” co-star Matt Damon didn’t tread so carefully when discussing the same topic with The Hollywood Reporter. “You have to waste an hour of your day with a bulls*** shot,” Damon said of the Trump scene.