And in more ways than one.
John F. Hinckley Jr., the man who nearly assassinated President Ronald Reagan, was inspired by Travis Bickle, the violent psychotic portrayed by Robert De Niro in his seminal 1976 Martin Scorsese film, Taxi Driver.
Hinckley shot Reagan to get the attention of de Niro’s child co-star, Jodie Foster.
And given the not-so-veiled hint by Donald Trump that his “second Amendment” followers might preempt a move to pack the Supreme Court by a President Hillary Clinton, the parallel is even more haunting.
The famous actor took on Trump at the Sarajevo Film Festival, reports the Associated Press:
“What he has been saying is totally crazy, ridiculous, stuff that shouldn’t be even … he is totally nuts,” De Niro said during a question and answer session at the Sarajevo Film Festival.
When the moderator asked De Niro to elaborate on Bickle’s mental illness, the first thing that seemed to have crossed the actor’s mind was the Republican candidate.
“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,” De Niro said. Sarajevans responded with a frantic applause.
De Niro says the media had given too much attention, but are now starting to say “come on Donald, this is ridiculous, this is nuts, this is insane.”
And this post wouldn’t be complete without a clip, via Movieclips, of De Niro, reciting in full Trumpian glory, the film’s most famous line: