Robert De Niro, considered one of the best film artists of his generation, was honored on Sunday with a prize for his achievements during his extensive acting career by his colleagues, and took the opportunity to criticize the president of the United States, Donald Trump
The two-time Academy Award winner and protagonist of the Oscar-nominated mafia film "The Irishman" received the annual tribute of the Actors Guild (SAG) to celebrate a 50-year career in films ranging from dramas such as "The Deer Hunter "," Raging Bull "and" The Godfather II ".
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As he stepped onto the stage amid a standing ovation at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday night, De Niro struck Trump, not to mention his name, at a time when the president faces a political trial in the Senate on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
"There is the right and there is the wrong and there is common sense, and there is abuse of power, and as a citizen I have as much right as any other person … to express my opinion," said the actor.
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"And if I have a stronger voice because of my situation, I will use it every time I see a flagrant abuse of power. And that's all I'll say about that tonight," he added.
He then thanked his "comrades in arms" for awarding the honorary prize to the trajectory of the SAG-AFTRA union.
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A versatile actor with more than 100 films to his credit, De Niro, 76, is also a co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, established to help revitalize Manhattan after the September 11 attacks. 2001