Robert De Niro honoredÂ Al Pacino, his longtime buddy and four-time collaborator (with Martin Scorseseâ€™s upcoming movie â€œThe Irishmanâ€ marking their newest pairing), on the American Icon Awards, after which known as for a distinct sort of tribute for President Donald Trump â€” â€œimpeachment and imprisonment.â€
â€œYou didnâ€™t assume you have been going to utterly get away with no â€˜fâ€” Trumpâ€™ second,â€ De Niro mentioned halfway by way of his speech on the Beverly Wilshire lodge on Sunday, because the actorâ€™s pivot to politics was met with a mixture of cheers, laughter and boos.Â
De Niro then praised the opposite luminaries receiving awards on the occasion. â€œThe champ Evander Holyfield, my buddy Quincy Jones and my lifelong compatriot Al Pacino donâ€™t lead America. Possibly they need to,â€ the 75-year-old actor mentioned. â€œTheyâ€™ve earned our respect and admiration and so they deserve this tribute. Alternatively, the person who at the moment purports to steer this nation will not be worthy of any tribute, except you consider his impeachment and imprisonment as a type of tribute. And thatâ€™s how one can make America nice once more.â€
The â€œTaxi Driverâ€ actor has made a behavior of hurling the f-bomb on the president at award ceremonies, most notably on the 2018 Tony Awards, the place he put it bluntly: â€œIâ€™m going to say one factor. Fâ€” Trump.â€ The Tonys crowd gave the outspoken actor a standing ovation, which was a a lot hotter reception than Sunday eveningâ€™s viewers. At factors through the presentation, De Niro excoriated Trump over loud boos.
Upon accepting the award, Pacino opted for apolitical remarks. In actual fact, he gave extra of a efficiency than a speech, spending most of his time on stage reciting Shakespeare and E.E. Cummings.
Comic Sebastian Maniscalco, who carried out a stand-up set on the occasion, instructed Selection on the crimson carpet that De Niro and Pacino are â€œlike Italian superheroes.â€ Maniscalco, an Italian-American himself, will seem within the upcoming â€œThe Irishmanâ€ with the legendary actors.
â€œ[Pacino] is an icon for giving again,â€ boxing legend Holyfield instructed Selection on the crimson carpet earlier than accepting his personal American Icon Award. The boxer recalled the significance of others giving again when he was rising up. â€œI wouldnâ€™t have made it out with out the Boys Membership,â€ Holyfield mentioned of the the after-school program the place he spent his afternoons.
Different Icon Award recipients included NFL veteran Devon Nonetheless and philanthropists Jonathan D. Fisher and Christine Avanti-Fisher, whereas â€œOrange Is the New Blackâ€ star Jackie Cruz and Robin Thicke carried out musical numbers on the occasion.