Robert De Niro is in the U.K. promoting his upcoming Netflix movie “The Irishman”, which reunites the two-time Oscar winner with “Goodfellas” director Martin Scorsese and co-star Joe Pesci, along with his “Godfather II” co-star Al Pacino.
De Niro has been using the promotional platform to continue taking shots at President Donald Trump, comparing the former “Celebrity Apprentice” star to a “gangster” — albeit not a particularly good one.
During an appearance on “The Graham Norton Show”, the 76-year-old actor was discussing his role in the Scorsese-directed mob movie and drew some comparisons to the 45th president of the United States.
“Today, we have a kind of a weird, twisted president who thinks he’s a gangster, who’s not even a good gangster,” De Niro told host Graham Norton.
“Because this is a guy that, you know, even gangsters, like honour among thieves, you shake a hand, you have your word — that’s all you have. They have your word and that’s it,” he continued.
“This guy,” he added, referring to Trump, “is not the case.”
Quipped Norton: “I didn’t even bring him up, ladies and gentlemen.”
De Niro expressed similar sentiments while speaking onstage at the recent BFI London Film Festival.
“Today, everything’s been turned upside-down because of Trump because he’s such a dirty player. It’s amazing to me that’s he’s… getting away with it. He won’t get away with it forever, but he is getting away with saying these things about every institution,” he told the audience, reports Variety.
“We have to defend these institutions, plus the Fourth Estate, the press, because he’s trying to destroy them and for only one reason: to save himself. And we all know this,” De Niro continued. “It’s pretty disgusting that we’ve got Republicans there who are just so afraid to do anything, so afraid to stand up. They could be stars in their own communities… Certain senators have pulled out… but others could pull out, get out and say, ‘I can’t be in this administration. I’ve got to speak out constantly against this administration because we have to right this wrong.’”
“The Irishman” debuts in theatres on Nov. 1 before streaming on Netflix on Nov. 27