While promoting the film 'The Comedian', veteran actor Robert De Niro gives his reaction to the recent US election. Rough Cut - no reporter narration.
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) During the run-up to the U.S. election, Hollywood actor Robert De Niro did not shy away from openly attacking the now president-elect Donald Trump, labelling him a "punk", a "dog", an "idiot", a "national disaster" and even said he wanted to "punch him in the face." However, while doing press for his new film 'The Comedian', in which De Niro plays a washed up television comic trying to find a new path in life, the actor was more restrained in his view on the election result. "Well he's elected president now and I think half of the country is horrified and many parts of the world are," the 73-year old told Reuters. "We're going to see how he does. That's it. It's a fait accompli. As far as being president, we wait and see but I give the benefit of the doubt that he's going to try his best because if he doesn't do the right thing, it will affect him and his family too so we're all in this together and it's the most that I can say." But did he still want to punch him in the face? "No," replied De Niro. "He had said that at one of his rallies and I was so offended by that, that he would actually say that that that's why I said that and nobody had said it to him." 'The Comedian' goes on release in January 2017 but will have its world premiere at the AFI film festival on Friday (November 11).