“He is totally nuts,” De Niro said of the GOP presidential nominee at the Sarajevo Film Festival during a Q-and-A session, according to the Associated Press. Later, asked by film buffs about Bickle’s mental illness, De Niro found a parallel in Trump. He recalled that at the end of “Taxi Driver,” Bickle is hailed as a hero.
“One of the things to me was just the irony at the end — he [Bickle] is back driving a cab, celebrated, which is kind of relevant in some way today, too,” De Niro said. “People like Donald Trump — who shouldn’t be where he is so … God help us.”