Robert De Niro compares Donald Trump to his character in Taxi Driver.
Legendary actor and producer Robert De Niro blasted Donald Trump, comparing him to the mentally disturbed Travis Bickle, his character from “Taxi Driver.”
Reuters reports that De Niro was participating in a question and answer session at the Sarajevo Film Festival when he made the remarks.
He also addressed the media, whom he said gave Trump far too much attention:
The media, they’ve given him all this attention. 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,” because what he’s been saying is totally crazy, ridiculous stuff that he shouldn’t even…. it’s nuts, he’s totally nuts.
NBC News reports that “When the moderator asked De Niro to elaborate on Bickle’s mental illness, the first thing that seemed to have crossed the actor’s mind was the Republican candidate.”
“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,” De Niro said.
“People like Donald Trump who shouldn’t be where he is so … God help us,” he added.
As NBC News reports, “Sarajevans responded with a frantic applause.”
You can watch a portion of the exchange in the video, below: