Robert De Niro on Biden: Vote or Face Nightmare - 'Real Time' Warning

Insights and Anecdotes: De Niro's Recent Revelations

by Zain ul Abedin
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Robert De Niro on Biden: Vote or Face Nightmare - 'Real Time' Warning
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In a recent episode of "Real Time with Bill Maher," renowned Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro shared insights into his illustrious career, discussed a notable role that slipped through his fingers, and delved into his political views, particularly concerning the 2024 presidential election.

The conversation opened with De Niro's critique of the Republican rebuttal to President Joe Biden's State of the Union address, led by Alabama Senator Katie Britt. De Niro expressed bewilderment at the selection of Britt for the response, describing it as "so lame" and questioning the rationale behind her presentation.

As the discussion shifted towards the political landscape, particularly after the primary elections indicating a possible rematch between Biden and Donald Trump in November, De Niro was unequivocal in his support for Biden.

He posed a rhetorical question to the audience, framing the election as a choice between a desirable world and a "nightmare" under Trump. De Niro's disdain for the former president was palpable as he lamented the aftermath of the 2016 election, describing Trump as a "total monster" and criticizing those who support him.

De Niro's Candid Reflections

De Niro, known for his iconic roles in films like "Goodfellas," also touched on his acting career, stating unequivocally that he would never portray Trump, citing an inability to find any redeemable qualities in him.

The actor reinforced his support for Biden, portraying him as the embodiment of American ideals. The conversation took a lighter turn when Maher noted De Niro's age, which is close to Biden's, leading to a discussion about the actor's vitality and continuous work in Hollywood.

De Niro highlighted the importance of staying active to avoid stagnation, emphasizing his passion for his craft and his intention to keep working as much as possible. Reflecting on his career, De Niro revealed that he had the opportunity to play Dr.

Hannibal Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs," a role that eventually went to Anthony Hopkins. He shared that his hesitation in making a decision led to the role being cast without him, a move he does not regret but sees as a missed opportunity.

The episode, which also featured guests Max Brooks and Tara Palmeri, offered a comprehensive glimpse into De Niro's perspectives on politics, his storied career, and his approach to life and acting, underscoring the actor's enduring influence in both Hollywood and beyond.

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