Robert De Niro Honored With Chaplin Award

10 May, 2017, 04:22 | Author: Ruben Patrick
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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. When assured that wasn't the case, the 73-year-old star politely said, "OK, I'll take that". I don't make movies for rich, liberal elites.

De Niro said on stage that the administration's mean-spiritedness towards art and entertainment is an expression of their attitude and added that people also want and deserve decent wages, a fair tax system, a safe environment, education for their children and a solid healthcare.

The actor, receiving the Chaplin Award from the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City, told the audience that movies go through a voting process of sorts by critics and film goers before posterity decides if they are art.

De Niro cited in his speech the National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Humanities, which the president had proposed eliminating. "This is what they now call an 'alternative fact, ' but I call it bullshit".

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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". "I hope we're not keeping out the next Chaplin".

In the lead up to the US election in November, De Niro appeared in a viral video disparaging Trump with a few choice words, including describing him as a "punk", "fool" and "bozo". "His body of work is really tremendous, and I don't say tremendous for a lot of people".

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. "By being here tonight, you are supporting arts for everyone", DeNiro said. "I have so much respect for you that you did it while the world was celebrating your achievements".


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