The great performance told the host of “Late Show” why it was his “civil duty” to play Robert Mueller on SNL and why the president is lower than even a gangster.
On Friday evening, Stephen Colbert welcomed legendary actor, restorer and humanitarian Robert De Niro to The Late Show – or so it seemed. The interview was recorded on Tuesday and was only broadcast on Friday, as the comedian explained to his TV audience, which meant that his guest could not comment on the explosive Mueller report that fell on Thursday.
The occasion was, as it were, the Tribeca film festival of 2019 (24 April-5 May), which De Niro had set up in part as part of 9/11 to breathe new life into the Lower Manhattan area.
Colbert kicked things off by asking about his role as Robert Mueller on Saturday Night Live, and wondered why the actor named the special public prosecutor investigating “civil duty” for President Trump and his guardians.
“I think I have no other way to say it. It’s a civic duty. It’s my social duty to play Mueller,” De Niro replied. “I hope it goes further. I don’t know what will happen, but I keep saying that I don’t know if this is really possible, where I can fascinate him and take him in an orange overall.”
“Why don’t you give the president a chance, Robert De Niro?” Colbert asked jokingly.
“I said that immediately after he was elected:” Give him a chance. “I give everyone the benefit of the doubt. This guy has proven himself to be a total loser, “De Niro offered, not chopping words.
The conversation later turned to The Irishman, the long-winded gangster film in which Martin Scorsese and De Niro were reunited, which will be released on Netflix later this year.
“We now have a wannabe gangster in the White House,” De Niro said. He continued to mark Trump as a “disappointed dunski” and a “dumbbell,” and said, “Even gangsters have morals – they have ethics, they have a code, and you know when you give someone your word, then is all you have, your word, especially in that world. That guy, he doesn’t even know what that means. “