De Niro compares Trump to ‘Taxi Driver’ madman
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De Niro compares Trump to ‘Taxi Driver’ madman

Like Travis Bickle, mentally disturbed protagonist of 1976 movie, Republican presidential nominee is ‘totally nuts,’ actor says

Robert De Niro arrives for the opening of the Sarajevo Film Festival in Sarajevo, Bosnia, August 12, 2016. (AP)
Robert De Niro arrives for the opening of the Sarajevo Film Festival in Sarajevo, Bosnia, August 12, 2016. (AP)

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Robert De Niro says Donald Trump is like the main character of the legendary 1976 movie “Taxi Driver,” the mentally disturbed Travis Bickle.

“What he has been saying is totally crazy, ridiculous, stuff that shouldn’t be even… he is totally nuts,” De Niro said during a question and answer session at the Sarajevo Film Festival.

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.

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Sunrise, Florida, on August 10, 2016. (AP/Evan Vucci)
US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Sunrise, Florida, on August 10, 2016. (AP/Evan Vucci)

“People like Donald Trump who shouldn’t be where he is so… God help us,” De Niro said.

Sarajevans responded with a frantic applause.

De Niro says the media had given too much attention, but are now starting to say “Come on Donald, this is ridiculous, this is nuts, this is insane.”

De Niro opened the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival on Friday, presented Martin Scorsese’s restored “Taxi Driver” and received the festival’s first lifetime achievement award.

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