Billy Crystal says Donald Trump makes him want to move to NZ

Billy Crystal says he's considering moving to New Zealand over the stress of Trump's high-profile bid to become president.
Billy Crystal says he's considering moving to New Zealand over the stress of Trump's high-profile bid to become president. AP

BILLY Crystal says New Zealanders might see a little more of him if Donald Trump's presidential campaign is successful.

The 68-year-old comedian and star of films like When Harry Met Sally is embarking on his first New Zealand tour in July, performing over two nights at Aotea Centre's ASB Theatre on July 4-5.

But in a new interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Crystal says he's considering moving to New Zealand over the stress of Trump's high-profile bid to become president.

"I might consider finding a nice little ranch in New Zealand," he told the SMH.

He went on to call the presidential race "a reality show that's beyond belief".

"I mean, it buries the Kardashians," he said. "We're electing a new leader. Is this the best we have? It's really scary. I keep wondering what people internationally think as they watch these debates [with] Trump and (Ted) Cruz. It's embarrassing."

He singled Cruz, another Republican candidate, out for particular criticism over his re-enactment of movie scenes - including Crystal's character from The Princess Bride, Miracle Max.

"What a maniac," he said. "First time I saw [that] I thought, 'what is he doing?' He did this imitation of me that's sort of a version of me but not me. And he kept doing it.

"The whole thing was weird. He's weird. He's a strange one."

Crystal's tour is billed as An Evening of Sit Down with Billy Crystal hosted by Andrew Denton. Denton, a veteran Australian television presenter and interviewer, will be prompting Crystal for stories about his life and career.

The show follows Crystal's Tony Award-winning 700 Sundays, an autobiographical one-man show, which toured Australia but not New Zealand.

"I'm absolutely delighted to bring my new show to New Zealand. I have visited this beautiful country before but I am particularly excited to perform there for the very first time," Crystal said in a statement.

"The show will be spontaneous, funny and unpredictable. I tell stories, I perform, we show film clips. And yes, I will stand up. It's not only a conversation with Andrew, it's with the audience as well."

Topics:  entertainment new zealand us election 2016

Valla search unable to find missing swimmer

An aerial view of Valla Beach.

Hopes of finding swimmer who went missing at Valla Beach are fading.

Son of Ibrahim's bodyguard gunned down in Coffs Harbour

SHOOTING VICTIM: Nemilote 'Nim' Ngata (right) with John Ibrahim. Ngata was shot in Coffs Harbour on February 10, 2018.

The son of Semi Ngata, shot three months ago, was hit by a shotgun

Top jobs going on the Coffs Coast

Become an Airport operations supervisor at Coffs Harbour Regional Airport.

Take a look at what jobs are on offer along the Coffs Coast.

Local Partners

Kate Middleton’s BAFTAs dress slammed

THE pregnant Duchess of Cambridge was glowing in a bold green dress on the BAFTAs red carpet — but her outfit didn’t impress everyone

Date set for Gold Coast Logies

Samuel Johnson with the Best Actor award at the 2018 Logies. Picture: AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

Nine has finally announced the date for 2018 awards.

Kylie reveals ‘nervous breakdown’ over split

Kylie Minogue and Joshua Sasse split in February last year causing Minogue a ‘nervous breakdown’. Picture: Mark Milan/GC Images

'My physical system was compromised. I think it’s called a nervous breakdown'

I’m a Celeb outrage: ‘You’ve hit rock bottom’

David and Lisa Oldfield pose for a portrait at their home in Belrose.

VIEWERS vent their anger and disappointment at the latest intruders.

Shock twist: MAFS affair explodes

A mess.

The final decision left everyone stunned.

Stone the flamin’ crows: Home and Away actor's new project

Ray Meagher has launched his own line of hot sauce.

Stone the flamin’ crows! Actor releases own line of hot sauce

Audience member shocked penis puppeteer

Rich Binning and Barry Brisco from Puppetry of the Penis.

It takes a lot to shock Rich Binning who appears nude on stage