Robert De Niro opened the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival on Friday and was lauded with the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo – Lifetime Achievement Award. In honor of its 40th Anniversary, De Niro presented Martin Scorsese’s restored “Taxi Driver,” in which he starred.
During the question and answer segment, Robert De Niro created quite a storm when he compared Travis Bickle, his mentally disturbed character in “Taxi Driver,” to Donald Trump.
In “Taxi Driver,” De Niro plays Bickle, a depressed veteran who becomes infatuated with a campaign worker and attempts to assassinate a presidential candidate.
“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.
“People like Donald Trump who shouldn’t be where he is so … God help us,” De Niro said.
Sarajevans responded with a frantic applause.