Friday 24 May 2019

Trump is 'wannabe gangster': De Niro

Robert De Niro. Photo: PA Wire
Robert De Niro. Photo: PA Wire

Keiran Southern

Italian-Irish actor Robert De Niro has taken another swing at Donald Trump, calling the US president a "total loser" and "wannabe gangster".

The Hollywood actor has been involved in a long-running dispute with the current occupant of the Oval Office, famously yelling "f*** Trump" at the Tony Awards last year.

Mr Trump responded by dismissing De Niro as "a very low IQ individual".

During an appearance on US TV's The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last Friday, De Niro (75) aimed another dig at the president, telling the host he had tried giving Mr Trump a chance.

He said: "That's what I said right after he was elected. Give him a chance. I give everybody the benefit of the doubt. This guy has proven himself to be a total loser."

De Niro is one of the most revered actors of his generation, winning two Academy Awards for his work on The Godfather Part II and Raging Bull.

He will return to the gangster genre for Netflix's The Irishman, which will see him once again working with director Martin Scorsese. De Niro made his name in Scorsese movies such as Mean Streets and Taxi Driver, and both men went on to work together on a range of movies from Raging Bull to King of Comedy, Goodfellas, Cape Fear and Casino.

Colbert asked De Niro why audiences are so enamoured with the gangster genre, prompting the actor to aim another barb at Mr Trump.

He said: "People like the outlaw type thing, except we have a wannabe gangster in the White House now."

De Niro also called Mr Trump a "dumbbell", adding: "Even gangsters have morals and they have ethics.

"They have a code and you know when you give somebody your word it's your word because it's all you have is your word. This guy he doesn't even know what that means."

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