NEW YORK (AP) — Robert De Niro got the theater crowd on its feet at the Tony Awards when he dropped a couple of bleeped F-bombs in relation to President Donald Trump, and has gotten some support from playwright Tony Kushner.
The legendary actor’s sharp words came in a rousing political introduction of his old friend, Bruce Springsteen, before the singer performed at Radio City Music Hall. De Niro raised his fists in the air and earned himself a sustained standing ovation.
Backstage, journalists filled in the creators of “Angels in America” on the De Niro moment. Kushner, the show’s playwright, Tony Kushner, repeated De Niro’s sharp rebuff of the president. And he said of the actor, “it’s Robert De Niro. Who’s gonna argue with him?”