Robert De Niro is considered one of the greatest actors of all times, and he has earned the honor of being grouped in the same league as legendary actors like Marlon Brando, Humphrey Bogart, and Cary Grant.
The actor is well-known for giving authenticity to the anti-hero characters that he has portrayed through his unrelenting commitment to his art. Robert’s unfathomable intensity has immortalized him in characters like Vito Corleone, Jake LaMotta, and Michael Vronsky that featured in The Godfather II, Raging Bull, and The Deer Hunter respectively.
Another film which established Robert De Niro as a seasoned actor is Taxi Driver, the 1976 American psychological thriller that was nominated for four Academy Awards. Robert De Niro was one of the nominees in the Best Actor category for his excellent portrayal of Travis Bickle, a lonely and depressed war veteran who becomes an insane vigilante driven by his passion for fighting the corruption around him. Robert De Niro’s role in the movie has been considered as one of the most impactful roles ever played in any Hollywood movie.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) August 14, 2016
Recently, a restored version of Taxi Driver was showcased at the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival to honor Robert De Niro, who attended the opening ceremony to collect the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo lifetime achievement award. While basking in the glory of the honor, the veteran actor drew parallels between the Sarajevo Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival that he co-founded in 2002.
Both of the film festivals were started with the aim of promoting the arts and defying those who promoted war and bloodshed. The Tribeca Film Festival was founded after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, while the Sarajevo Film Festival was founded in the midst of the Bosnian War of Independence. According to the Hollywood Reporter, an overwhelmed Robert De Niro revealed how much the award meant to him.
“I will treasure this award. I don’t think there is another city in the world that has shown such heart in the face of so much tragedy.”
The recent Sarajevo Film Festival gave Robert De Niro a platform to air his views about political correctness and incorrectness. Known for his political outspokenness, Robert De Niro took the opportunity to attack Donald Trump, the Presidential candidate, by comparing the candidate with De Niro’s character in Taxi Driver. In Robert’s opinion, Donald Trump’s political rhetoric makes him as crazy as Travis Bickle.
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) August 15, 2016
According to Slate, Robert complained about the popularity that Donald Trump has enjoyed despite the irrational ideas he is preaching.
“What he has been saying is totally crazy, ridiculous, stuff that shouldn’t be even… he is totally nuts. People like Donald Trump who shouldn’t be where he is so… God help us.”
However, the actor offered a ray of hope when he commended the mainstream media for taking note of the meaningless propaganda that Donald Trump was indulging in.
This is not the first time that Robert De Nero has taken the opportunity to air his views on Donald Trump for highly criticized propaganda. Recently, the veteran actor criticized the presidential candidate openly for harboring anti-LGBT views. Earlier, Donald Trump drew some serious flak from Robert De Niro when he challenged Barrack Obama’s citizenship. In fact, Robert De Niro found it bordering on insane when the politician announced that he had hired private investigators to ascertain the credibility of Barrack Obama’s passport.
Robert De Niro has been enjoying a meaningful quiet time since he finished filming for Bad Grandpa and Hands of Stone, the actor’s latest movie projects in 2016. Bad Grandpa has already been released while the upcoming Hands of Stone is due to be released on August 26. According to the Daily Mail, Robert De Niro will be playing the role of a legendary boxing trainer in the upcoming film.
Additionally, the actor is also looking forward to teaming up with Julianne Moore to co-star in filmmaker David O. Russell’s upcoming television drama series.
— Vulture (@vulture) August 15, 2016
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