Robert De Niro is a man of few words at Chaplin event

Kelly Massey
May 10, 2017

The veteran actor was speaking at a gala in his honor at the David Koch Theater, New York, as he accepted the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 44th annual Chaplin Award.

Deadline reports that in a speech made at a gala benefit in his honour at the Lincoln Center in NY, the 73-year-old actor took aim at the Trump administration's "extreme vetting", which he feared could prevent "the next Chaplin" from entering the country.

De Niro went on to say that everyone in the film industry owed it to the memory of Charlie Chaplin, an immigrant, to ensure that the "next Chaplin" is not kept away because of harsh immigration policies.

Monday night saw a 2,400-capacity sold-out soiree giving its respect to a Hollywood legend, known for his iconic roles in Goodfellas or The Godfather.

I've been thinking about this a lot lately because of our government's hostility towards art.

These remarks were clearly pointed towards Donald Trump and his actions since the mogul took over the White House.

Ben Stiller, De Niro's co-star from the "Meet the Parents" franchise, joked his favorite De Niro moment was the "overlooked" 2000 live-action film "The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle".

Robert Deniro and wife Grace Hightower during the 44th Chaplin Award Gala at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center
Robert Deniro and wife Grace Hightower during the 44th Chaplin Award Gala at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center

Robert is also a prostate cancer survivor and really helped Stiller during his struggle.

"This is what they now call an 'alternative fact, '" he added. "I've got my restaurants for that".

The Taxi Driver star previously launched into a rant against the businessman while filming a political testimony video =called #VoteYourFuture.

"I hope we're not keeping out the next Chaplin", he told the audience. I like Johnny Boy from 'Mean Streets.' I was a big fan early on.

Keitel met De Niro shortly before they did "Mean Streets" together in 1973 and has a couple of tales to tell - but he's not talking.

He later retracted the comments, saying that he'd be unable to punch Trump now that he was president.

"I can pretend to be comfortable with him, but inside".

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