Randy Newman Weighs in on Putin, Science vs. Religion and More in New ‘Dark Matter’ Album
His conclusion about Putin’s public braggadocio: “I think he also wants to be Tom Cruise. He wants to be like a movie star — a superhero, a strongman.
“There are videos of him throwing bigger young men around,” Newman said. “It interested me, but it also worried me. It’s an oddly baby-ish sort of behavior…. And this was before I knew there was going to be this giant baby — this giant, evil baby — running our country.”
So yes, as that statement would imply, Newman has written a song about Trump. But he has chosen to keep the full tune to himself, at least for now. As he’s stated in a number of other interviews, he chose fairly vulgar language to capture the defining persona of someone he considers to be a vulgar public figure, as his song draws particular attention to the president’s private parts.
“I just didn’t want to add to the problem of how ugly the conversation we’re all having is,” he recently told the U.K.’s the Guardian.