De Niro Used SAG Award to Encourage Fellow Actors to Take up his "Common Sense" Cause
Acting legend Robert De Niro used his moment in the sun at Sunday evening’s Screen Actor’s Guild Awards to take another swipe at President Donald Trump.
De Niro took the stage after his introduction by fellow actor Leonardo DiCaprio and said, “There's right and there's wrong, and there's common sense and there's abuse of power,” said De Niro.
Roughly half of those in attendance gave the Hollywood legend a standing ovation when he said he believed it to be his responsibility to speak about politics
“As a citizen, I have as much right as anybody — an actor, an athlete, anybody else — to voice my opinion,” De Niro said. “And if I have a bigger voice because of my situation, I'm going to use it whenever I see a blatant abuse of power.”
Prior to his comments, DeCaprio gave De Niro a glowing introduction, saying that he has watched the actor since his early teens and that his father had even suggested that DeCaprio model his own career after De Niro.
“His specificity in detail and his fearless pursuit of authenticity in his work have influenced not only myself, but entire generations,” said DiCaprio, who previously co-starred with De Niro in “This Boy’s Life” in 1993.
“He has given us career-long explorations of the human conditions,” DiCaprio said.
“Robert De Niro is elemental,” DiCaprio said Sunday. "It feels as if he's always been here, and will always be here."
De Niro has previously shared his disdain with Trump on several occasions, going so far as to say that he would like to "punch [Trump] in the face."