Robert De Niro’s guest appearances depicting Robert Mueller on “Saturday Night Live” have earned him an Emmy nomination and now the 75-year-old actor says he would have done the testimony of the former special counsel very differently last Wednesday.
In an op-ed published Monday in The Washington Post, De Niro wrote that he would have used his methodological expertise to channel “the inner anger of the former special counsel in the years of Donald Trump’s illegal and immoral acts”, and probably I dropped another handful of ‘f-bombs’, he would have been the one who had given the testimony.
De Niro said that while Mueller’s choice to play his character as “calm, confident, and worthy” was probably a good thing, these were not qualities that would bring him an Oscar.
“Some differences in our approach to playing Mueller are so subtle that the casual viewer would hardly notice,” De Niro wrote. “For example, where Mueller’s Mueller refers to Trump as” president, “I could use the equally descriptive and well-known” evil narcissist. “
De Niro also quoted Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) Who told MSNBC after the hearing that Mueller was not Robert De Niro.
“We didn’t try to entertain the American people. We wanted to educate and inform the American people,” Jeffries said in the interview. “We didn’t invite Robert De Niro to testify; we have invited Robert Mueller. “
“Really, Chairman Jeffries? In the past year I have had more experience playing Mueller in public than Mueller, “wrote De Niro. “… I think he would have been amused that his” Saturday Night Live “doppelgänger added the chorus to the chorus and told him what to do.”
Jeffries responded to Twitter by thanking De Niro for his “authentic advocacy”:
Dear Mr. De Niro:— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) 29 Temmuz 2019
Excellent Op-Ed in @WashingtonPost.
Thx for your authentic advocacy.
The HEAT you bring against the wannabe GOODFELLA in the Oval Office is much needed.
And for the record, you’re a Jeffries family favorite.
Best, Hakeem ✊🏾✊🏾 https://t.co/Z8o8q1ytB2
After joking about his imagination of Mueller, De Niro explained that he did not believe that a civil servant should “act” to get the nation’s attention, and he called on the Democrats to continue deposing.