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Robert De Niro talks new film's 12-year journey to Netflix

Robert De Niro is unamused by reports that President Donald Trump screened his new movie "Joker" at the White House and enjoyed it.

"This administration is a joke," says the actor, one of Trump's most vocal critics, who plays a pivotal role in the divisive Batman villain origin story starring Joaquin Phoenix. "We've hopefully got to get past it and out of it. It's not good." 

Otherwise, the two-time Oscar-winning star of "Raging Bull" and "The Godfather: Part II" has little interest in discussing politics. After all, he's getting some of the best reviews of his nearly six-decade career for mob epic "The Irishman," which begins streaming on Netflix Wednesday and reunites him with longtime collaborators Martin Scorsese ("Taxi Driver"), Al Pacino ("Heat") and Joe Pesci ("Goodfellas"). 

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"Irishman" is something of passion project for De Niro, 76. The sprawling 3½-hour drama is based on Charles Brandt's 2004 nonfiction book "I Heard You Paint Houses" about Frank Sheeran, a truck driver-turned-hit man who worked closely for decades with mobster Russell Bufalino (Pesci) and Teamster Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino). 

De Niro read the book in 2007 and was immediately drawn to Frank, a quiet, mostly  reactive character in the film, who keeps his head down and follows orders. But his criminal career ultimately costs him his family and friends, and Frank is left feeling regretful and alone as an old man. 


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