Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

Robert DeNiro Says 'F**k Trump' Twice At Tony Awards

Michael Cera and wife Nadine Michael Cera and wife Nadine Mike Coppola Getty Images
Elsie Buchanan | 11 June, 2018, 10:35

Just when you thought the 2018 Tony Awards would conclude with nary a mention of President Donald Trump, along came Robert De Niro.

"I'm gonna say one thing: F-k Trump", De Niro shouted, raising his arms into the air as the crowd cheered for almost half a minute.

De Niro raised his fists in the air and simply said "f*** Trump" earning himself a sustained standing ovation.

Among those tapped as Tony Awards presenters are Oscar victor Robert DeNiro, Grammy champ Billy Joel and Kennedy Center honoree Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Musical The Band's Visit, about Egyptian musicians stranded in a small Israeli town, won several early awards including best score, best director and best featured actor.

The brief, nearly token, insult provoked a disproportionately strong reaction from the audience at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

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The show will also feature a special performance from the 2017 Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen.

The victor of the evening's first award, the Angels in America revivalstar Andrew Garfield, set the emotional tone for tonight's Tonys, offering his Best Actor in a Play win up in tribute to the LGBTQ community.

With their winking, witty opening number entitled "This Is for the People Who Lose", hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles kicked off the 72nd annual Tony Awards with the mix of showmanship, self-deprecating humor, and good-natured egalitarianism that would continue throughout the night.

Stachel triumphed in the Best Featured Actor in a Musical category for his performance as Haled in The Band's Visit. And we have a word for that: "bullsh*t", he said last week while praising the winners of the first Jimmy and Rosemary Breslin American Writer Award in NY. He continued, "I want any kid who is watching to know that your biggest obstacle may turn into your goal".

The show stars Hailey Kilgore of Happy Valley, a 19-year-old making her Broadway debut in a story of ill-fated love on a tropical island. The show went on to win best musical revival, beating "My Fair Lady" and "Carousel".

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