‘First Purge’ director on its Donald Trump moment


Director Gerard McMurray says his film “First Purge” is about making fun of things that make news, including US President Donald Trump’s infamous 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape.

The film caused a stir in January when it debuted a campaign-style teaser that borrowed from Trump’s Make America Great slogan.

There is a scene that calls back to Trump’s infamous tape in which he bragged about grabbing women “by the p***y”.

Protagonist Nya (essayed by Lex Scott Davis) is attacked by a masked man who grabs her crotch, and when she successfully fights him off, she calls him a “p***y-grabbing motherf***er”.

“It was making fun of what’s in the news. It was real — and Nya, played by Lex, is a very strong character,” hollywoodreporter.com quoted McMurray as saying.

McMurray, who directed “First Purge” from a script by series creator James DeMonaco, added: “It’s about women fighting back.”

McMurray is the first director to step in for DeMonaco, who kicked off the franchise with 2013’s “The Purge”, a sleeper hit starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey that takes place in a near future in which the US has legalised all crime for one night a year.

DeMonaco directed two follow-ups — “Purge: Anarchy” (2014) and “Purge: Election Year” (2016).

“Political satire can be very powerful and it can make fun of the realities of our world. As a filmmaker I want to push boundaries,” said McMurray.