Robert De Niro: Donald Trump ‘Is Totally Nuts,’ Compares Candidate to ‘Taxi Driver’ Character
Entertainment| | By Sara Wilkins
Robert De Niro has said Donald Trump should not be running for president, and slammed the billionaire as crazy.
The 73-year-old said the Republican candidate should not be in the running for the White House in November’s elections, and should stick to being a businessman, New York Daily News reports.
While presenting a digital version of his 1976 film Taxi Driver at the opening of the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival on Friday, De Niro went on to criticize the media for not calling out Trump on his constant controversial comments.
“I don’t know, it’s crazy that people like Donald Trump… he shouldn’t even be where he is, so God help us,” De Niro said to applause in the Sarajevo National Theater.
“What he’s been saying is really totally crazy, ridiculous … he is totally nuts. But I think now they are really starting to push back, the media… finally they are starting to say, ‘Come on Donald, this is ridiculous, this is nuts, this is insane,'” he added.
De Niro, who played mentally disturbed cab driver Travis Bickle in the 1976 classic, also hinted at the similarities between Bickle and Trump.
“One of the things to me was just the irony at the end, he (Bickle) is back driving a cab, celebrated, which is kind of relevant in some way today too,” he said, suggesting Trump should stick to his day job rather than stepping into the White House.
De Niro was at the film festival to mark the 40th anniversary of Taxi Driver‘s cinematic release. The movie also starred a teenage Jodie Foster, who went on to win an Oscar for her role as a child prostitute.
The acting icon was also honored with a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to film while at the festival. “I will treasure this award – my Heart of Sarajevo – because I don’t think there is another city in the world that has shown such heart in the face of so much tragedy,” he said at the ceremony.
Trump, a billionaire businessman and real estate mogul, has courted controversy in recent months with a string of inflammatory statements, including hinting at the assassination of opponent Hillary Clinton.