Documentary maker who had access to Trump and his kids compared their family dynamics on HBO’s ‘Succession’

Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr.  pictured in Trump Tower

Then-President-elect Donald Trump seen with his children (from left), Eric, Ivanka, and Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower on January 11, 2017.Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

  • A documentary filmmaker who has been granted special access to the Trump family has weighed in on their dynamics.

  • Alex Holder likened Trump’s and his adult children – Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka and Eric – to a “real life succession drama”.

  • “It kind of has a ‘follow-up’ kind of vibe,” Holder said of their interactions.

A British documentary filmmaker who was given exclusive access to the Trump family ahead of the Capitol riots has weighed in on the relationships between Trump and his three most famous adult children — Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka and Eric.

Speak to Yahoo News at the outlet’s podcast, “Skullduggery”, Alex Holder said the family agreed to be filmed because they were “very, very confident they would win the election” and that their “overconfidence was just absolutely remarkable”.

When asked how he sold his project to the family, Holder said, “I mean, it was about understanding who they were as people. They’d always complained about the coverage they got in the US.”

“They were always complaining about the ‘fake news media’ and stuff. So let’s try to understand who they are as people,” he added.

Holder also compared the relationship between Trump and his high-profile children to the hit HBO series “Succession”, which revolves around the dysfunctional and incredibly wealthy Roy family and the ongoing scheming for control among its members.

“And I’m talking specifically about Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump, and then the president himself, and the interactions they have with each other, and the interaction they have with their father,” Holder said.

“There’s a kind of ‘follow-up’ kind of vibe to the project,” Holder said. “But also, you know, it’s a true succession drama.”

Based on his interactions with the former president, Holder said he thought Trump was “insane” and lives in “cloud cuckoo country”. He added that he believed Trump was also “incredibly dangerous” because he never takes the blame and is “always right”.

“Donald Trump is not a rational player. I mean, he just isn’t,” Holder said. “You can’t talk to him in the same way that most other people do. He’s someone who lives in a different reality.”

Representatives of Trump’s post-presidential news agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.

Footage of the holder was summoned by the committee on January 6 investigation into the June Capitol riots. The images is part of a documentary called “Unprecedented,” which follows Trump and those in his inner circle in the months leading up to the Capitol uprising.

A trailer of the documentary also features interviews with Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and former Vice President Mike Pence.

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