Actor Robert De Niro blasted President Trump as a “nasty little bitch” in a new wide-ranging interview, denying that he would ever want to portray the president.
When asked about playing “inhumane” characters, the legendary actor and frequent Trump critic told The New York Times he tries to “look at it from their point of view.” But he alleged that Trump “is a person who, to me, has no morals, no ethics, no sense of right and wrong, is a dirty player.”
De Niro added that that he would not want to portray Trump in any future projects.
“I wouldn’t want to play him. He’s such an awful person. There’s nothing redeemable about him, and I never say that about any character,” De Niro said.
De Niro accused the president of having “people who follow him who are crazy and want to do crazy things.” He said his characters in films ranging from “Taxi Driver” to his new movie “The Irishman” do not necessarily set positive examples, but they are like “a dream.”
“Trump has people who follow him who are crazy and want to do crazy things. What we’re doing in film, it’s like a dream. We know it’s not real. There are people who will take anything to be real and that we have no control over,” De Niro said.
“The president is supposed to set an example of trying to do the right thing. Not be a nasty little bitch. Because that’s what he is. He’s a petulant little punk. There’s not one thing that I see in him or his family, not any redeeming qualities. They’re out on the take. It’s like a gangster family.”
He also denied that he could find “redemptive qualities” in Trump in the same way that he does with some of his iconic characters.
“There’s not one moment that Trump said: ‘I’m sorry. I realize I’ve done something that I shouldn’t have done.’ He has not one speck of redeemability in him. He’s not owed one speck of redeemability,” De Niro said.
De Niro has frequently spoken out against the president. Last month, the actor compared life for Americans during the Trump presidency to “living in an abusive household.”
“It’s like a pall around certain things,” De Niro — who’s called Trump the “jerk-off in chief” and a “f—— fool” — told “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert. “It’s like living in an abusive household. You feel you don’t know what’s going to happen next, what crazy thing is going to happen next, what’s going to make you say what the hell’s going on?”