Robert De Niro Unleashes Emotion-Fueled Critique of Trump at Cannes Film Festival
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In a captivating display of his prowess as an actor and his unwavering commitment to shedding light on pressing social issues, Robert De Niro took the stage at the esteemed Cannes Film Festival. His presence commanded attention as he discussed his role in the highly anticipated film "Killers of the Flower Moon," helmed by the illustrious Martin Scorsese. However, it was not just the cinematic endeavor that enraptured the audience; De Niro fearlessly waded into the contentious realm of politics, offering his critique of none other than Donald Trump.
Robert De Niro's Portrayal in "Killers of the Flower Moon
Within this much-anticipated film, De Niro embodies the character of William Hale, a complex persona entwined with the role of a cattle rancher and a ruthless murderer.
Transporting viewers back to the 1920s, the narrative unfurls as Hale, forging a bond with the Osage Indians, ultimately orchestrates their tragic demise to seize their invaluable oil-rich lands. Reflecting upon his enigmatic character, De Niro admits, "I don’t understand a lot about my character.
Part of him is sincere. The other part, where he’s betraying [the Osage people], there’s a feeling of entitlement." In a poignant moment, De Niro alludes to the resurgent tide of white supremacy, acknowledging, "We became a lot more aware [of that dichotomy] after George Floyd with systemic racism.."
Robert De Niro rips Donald Trump while discussing "the banality of evil" in "Killers of the Flower Moon": "We see it today and you know who I’m talking about but I’m not going to say his name.
That guy is stupid." https://t.co/YeZrO6zkFm #Cannes pic.twitter.com/AbEFa515ot — Variety (@Variety) May 21, 2023
Robert De Niro's Critique of Donald Trump at Cannes Film Festival
Venturing further, De Niro delves into the intricacies of evil, emphasizing its banal nature and the necessity to remain vigilant.
He remarks, "It’s the banality of evil. It’s the thing we have to watch out for. We see it today, of course. We all know who I’m going to talk about. but I’m not going to say the name,” continued De Niro, a frequent and vocal critic of Trump.
“That guy is stupid,” he said of the former president. “Imagine if you’re smart. Even Hale was smart in many ways." Drawing a parallel between blind loyalty to malevolent figures and the former President, De Niro passionately asserts, "There are people who still think he can do a good job.
Imagine how insane that is." Elevating the anticipation surrounding "Killers of the Flower Moon," De Niro warmly acknowledges the notable cast, including the incomparable Leonardo DiCaprio, the captivating Lily Gladstone, the remarkable Jesse Plemons, and several others.
The film's world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival further attests to its significance and promises a captivating cinematic experience that will undoubtedly resonate with audiences worldwide.