Stephen King appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night; while he was there to promote his most recent novel, The Outsider, the two spent considerable time talking about the current US president and his administration. After jawing about being block by Trump, Colbert asked King if the president reminds him of any of the characters who populate his stories.
“Yes, he reminds me of Greg Stillson.”
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Greg Stillson is a character who appears in The Dead Zone, played by Martin Sheen in the 1983 film adaptation directed by David Cronenberg. According to Stephen King Wiki:
Greg Stillson’s backstory in the novel is that he was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the son of an emotionally abusive oilfield worker. In high school, he helps with his mother’s housepainting business. Stillson’s years in high school are also marked by truancy, fighting, and one act of vandalism with a cherry bomb.
In the book, Stillson is introduced as a traveling salesman for a far-right Bible-printing company. When he stops at a dooryard in rural Iowa, Stillson is attacked and bitten by a guard dog. An enraged Stillson first sprays ammonia in the animal’s eyes then brutally beats the dog to death. Fearing for his job, Stillson flees the scene. As he drives away, he comes upon the realization that he is destined for greatness, and so immediately sets about building a path towards his destiny.
You can read all about how Stillson takes the country to the brink of nuclear war, HERE.
You can watch more of King’s recent appearance on The Late Show below. After that, you can peep the original trailer and synopsis for The Dead Zone, which stars Christopher Walken. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: ‘The Outsider’ author Stephen King talks Trump, his new book, and some never-before-heard truths about his preview works.
Official Synopsis: When Johnny Smith (Christopher Walken) awakens from a coma caused by a car accident, he finds that years have passed, and he now has psychic abilities. Heartbroken that his girlfriend (Brooke Adams) has moved on with her life, Johnny also must contend with his unsettling powers, which allow him to see a person’s future with a mere touch. After shaking the hand of aspiring politician Greg Stillson (Martin Sheen), Johnny sees the danger presented by the candidate’s rise and resolves to kill him.
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