Motion Park—the notorious New Jersey amusement park the place visitors had been inspired to make use of life-threatening rides with typically lethal outcomes—was so common within the 1980s that even Donald Trump apparently as soon as got here to see what all of the fuss was about.“Trump was chatting up these teenage employees trying to ask them about their jobs,” Class Motion Park codirector Seth Porges advised Vainness Honest in a latest interview. “And what they told me was Trump, after actually seeing this in person, didn’t really want to be involved with the business venture. He viewed it as potentially too nuts—too nutty just for him.”Out Thursday on HBO Max, the documentary Class Motion Park—the cheeky title was impressed by one of many morbid nicknames for Motion Park—makes an attempt to grapple with the fraught historical past of the New Jersey theme park opened by Eugene Mulvihill in 1978.“They’re very similar personalities. I don’t think anybody would argue with that,” Porges stated of Mulvihill, who died in 2012, and Trump. “I don’t think that’s a political statement to make either.”Like Trump, Porges stated, Mulvihill rose to energy in the course of the 1980s as a brash actual property developer who had “a casual disregard for the word no.”“It’s hard to look at a character like Gene and not think of somebody like Trump,” Porges added. “And I think that’s what makes it interesting…These guys were friends back in this era. One of them decided that he wanted to be Walt Disney, the other decided he wanted to be like Ronald Reagan. It’s like, what would have happened if Donald Trump had opened a theme park? I think that’s really what Action Park is.”To those that grew up within the Northeast in the course of the 1980s, Motion Park was considered as both an city legend or a ceremony of passage. “You gotta go there and come back with some scars,” comic and New Jersey native Chris Gethard says within the movie, having skilled the park firsthand. “You gotta go take your lumps at Action Park if you really want to grow up and be a young man in this world.”Opened in 1978, Motion Park was notable for its outlandish and sometimes harmful rides—lots of which Mulvihill tweaked or designed himself—and inexperienced employees. In contrast to its extra company brethren Disney and Six Flags, Motion Park was reportedly run like one thing out of an ’80s film: staffed with native youngsters extra involved with getting drunk and having intercourse than worrying about whether or not or not a buyer was injured on a journey.