Donald Trump Inspired Jason Sudeikis to Change 'Ted Lasso' Character
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The 'Horrible Bosses' actor felt the need to make changes to his onsreen alter ego because he saw the effect that the former 'Apprentice' judge had on people.

AceShowbiz - Jason Sudeikis has opened up that Donald Trump inspired him to change the character of Ted Lasso. Creating his alter ego for a comedy sketch in 2013, the 47-year-old star contemplated developing the "belligerent" sports coach further two years later and wanted to make him a nicer person in response to the negative attitudes "unlocked" by the former "The Apprentice" star during his successful run for presidency.

"It was the culture we were living in. I'm not terribly active online and it even affected me. Then you have Donald Trump coming down the escalator. I was like, 'OK, this is silly,' and then what he unlocked in people… I hated how people weren't listening to one another," Jason explained to The Observer magazine.

"Things became very binary and I don't think that's the way the world works. And, as a new parent - we had our son Otis in 2014 – it was like, 'Boy, I don't want to add to this.' Yeah, I just didn't want to portray it."

Jason - who has son Otis, nine, and daughter Daisy, six, with former partner Olivia Wilde - and his "Ted Lasso" co-stars visited the White House in March but he admitted he was much calmer than the rest of the group because of his experiences portraying former president George W. Bush and the current commander-in-chief, Joe Biden, on "Saturday Night Live".

He said, "I'd been in a fake Oval Office a number of times, and so there's a little bit of me that's nonplussed by it and just holding my s*** together. And I'd met the president when he was vice president and he's a very warm guy. It's like meeting your good friend's father or your young friend's grandfather. He just makes you feel at home and that home just happened to be the White House for that afternoon."

The "Horrible Bosses" actor hasn't yet looked back on the pictures from the visit because he has such good memories of the day that he wants to preserve. He said, "It's nuts, man. I haven't even looked at the pictures of the White House yet because I want it to just live up there for a while as this amazing firework show rather than saying, 'Oh, boy, why did I wear sneakers?' Haha, on the day I got a text from my mom saying, 'Make sure you don't wear sneakers to the White House.' I was like, 'Too late, Mom.' "

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