Steven Mnuchin is no stranger to movies. He was actually a movie producer before Donald Trump hired him to be the guy who signs your money. In fact, in a supreme bit of irony that honestly blew my mind when I realized it, it’s Mnuchin’s name that rolls past on the credits of “The Accountant,” a movie that’s actually about the US Treasury.
But it’s not Ben Affleck movies he’s thinking of now.
By now, everyone has seen the photo from last week of Mnuchin and his wife, Louise Linton, holding a freshly-minted (literally — they’re at the US Mint) sheet of one-dollar bills. Many people, myself included, saw it as a power couple that was horribly out of touch, given their past appearance as filthy rich, elitist assholes.
— AP Images (@AP_Images) November 15, 2017
Back in August, Linton was forced to apologize after she publicly mocked “one of the poors” on her Instagram, on a photo where she’s standing in front of the taxpayer-funded jet she was flying on, after hashtagging all of the designer brands she was wearing that day.
But if she thought that was the last time she was going to look like a real-life Cruella DeVil, she clearly didn’t have anyone advising her on the photo she took with the hubby at the Mint:
Great foresight by Louise Linton to wear gloves so she didn’t have to touch the commoners’ money…
— Bert0529 (@Bert0529) November 15, 2017
But Linton wasn’t the only one who got publicly mocked for looking hopelessly clueless. Mnuchin himself took flak for looking “like a Bond villain,” which honestly is an impressive feat when you work for a guy who looks and acts like one.
Unlike Linton’s hasty (and terrible) apology in August, Mnuchin seemed to eat it up. On Fox News Sunday, the Treasury czar weighed in:
“I never thought I’d be quoted as looking like villains from the James Bond. I guess I should take that as a compliment that I look like a villain in a great, successful James Bond movie.”
No, Steve. You shouldn’t.
Why do Treasury Sec Mnuchin and his wife insist on posing for photos that make them look like Bond villains? pic.twitter.com/2auZr3LGoP
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) November 15, 2017
Mnuchin and his wife picking up some toilet paper. pic.twitter.com/OMq7VUkDbZ
— AOK (@ThisisAOK) November 15, 2017
Steve Mnuchin touches a one dollar bill for the first time pic.twitter.com/JTt8tfpLXm
— Juan F. Thegoodones (@pharmasean) November 15, 2017
#AMJoy Mnuchin thinks that referring to him a James Bond villain is a compliment? Did he eat those $1 bills at the mint?
— Jon Osterman (@OcchiolismQ) November 19, 2017
Of course, if Mnuchin were a real Bond villain, he would have seen the endless possibilities for a diabolical plot to rule the world when he planned his trip to Fort Knox under the cover of darkness of the eclipse. But hey, he’s an accountant, not a writer.
In any case, I’d be pretty surprised if Mnuchin didn’t go straight back to the movie industry after he finishes living his life-long dream of having his name on your money.
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