Robert De Niro says 'twisted' Donald Trump 'thinks he's a gangster'

Robert De Niro has described Donald Trump as a "weird twisted president who thinks he's a gangster".

Robert De Niro will appear on The Graham Norton Show tonight
Robert De Niro will appear on The Graham Norton Show tonight

However, the veteran Hollywood star said the US president does not have the same "honour" that is often exhibited by the characters in traditional gangster films.

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"There's more honour. Especially with The Godfather at the time of the Vietnam War.

US president Donald Trump
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"The idea of respect and knowing right from wrong [amongst the gangsters] was more than we were seeing from our leaders, we were not being told the truth about what was really going on."

De Niro, who is a vocal critic of Mr Trump, said: "Today, we have a weird twisted president who thinks he's a gangster, who's not even a very good gangster.

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"Gangsters have honour, you shake a hand and they have your word and you have theirs and that's it. But with this guy, it's not the case."

De Niro, 76, plays gangland enforcer Frank Sheeran in the Netflix production, which runs to three-and-a-half hours.

The movie spans several decades and shows De Niro's character from when he is in his 20s up to his 80s, using cutting-edge technology to alter his appearance over time.

Described as "an epic saga of organised crime in post-war America", the film is adapted from the book I Heard You Paint Houses.

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De Niro told Norton of working with Pacino: "When Marty [Scorsese] and I read the book, we thought Al would be great and then it was a lot of to-ing and fro-ing and a matter of waiting for everyone to be able to do it."

Asked if Pesci had come out of retirement to star alongside him in the film, De Niro said: "I don't know about that, but he wasn't doing anything at the time, and I said: 'Who knows if we'll ever have the chance to do this again? We won't, so come on, let's just do it.'

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"There was a lot of talking, but he loves Marty and I think he loves me, so he said: 'Let me do it.'"

De Niro was joined on the programme by Sienna Miller, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Rudd and James Blunt.

The Graham Norton Show is on BBC One at 10:35pm tonight.