De Niro denounces Trump

Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro has said a Donald Trump victory in the US presidential election would be a “tragedy”.

Speaking as he was honoured at the Hollywood Movie Awards, the Oscar-winning star urged Americans to vote for Hillary Clinton as he compared Trump to the “totally insane” General Jack D Ripper from Stanley Kubrick’s Dr Strangelove.

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De NIro said: “It’s two days until a frightening election. The shadow of politics is hanging over us whether we like it or not.

“It’s hard for me to think about anything else so let me lay it out right here. We have the opportunity to prevent a comedy from turning into a tragedy. Vote for Hillary Tuesday.”

The Raging Bull actor, 73, has previously voiced opposition to Trump, saying he wanted to punch the Republican candidate in the face in a video campaign last month.

Robert picked up the Hollywood Comedy Award for his portrayal of an ageing comic in the film The Comedian.

A host of A-list names were recognised at the ceremony in Beverly Hills – billed as one of the first award shows of the season – including Tom Hanks, Mel Gibson, Nicole Kidman and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Hugh Grant received the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award for his role in Florence Foster Jenkins, in which he starred opposite Meryl Streep.

The 56-year-old British star was presented with his award by Andie MacDowell, his co-star in the 1994 film Four Weddings And A Funeral.

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