De Niro has commonly appeared on Saturday Night Live to give impressions of the special counsel — the actor last played Mueller on SNL’s March 30 episode and appeared in several cold opens last year. In a recent Hollywood Reporter In Studio interview, De Niro said that the appearances on SNL feel like his “civic duty.”
When Colbert asked why he felt it was his “civic duty,” De Niro said there was no explanation other than what he said. “I have no other way to say it… It’s my civic obligation to play Mueller.” “I doubt Mueller does as good of a Mueller as you do,” Colbert mentioned.
Because the actor filmed his appearance on Tuesday, prior to the Mueller report being released on Thursday, the actor could only express his hopes for what the report results would bring. “I’m hoping that it goes further. I don’t know what will happen. I don’t know if this is actually possible in reality where I can handcuff him and take him away in an orange jumpsuit,” the actor quipped of Trump.
De Niro has notoriously criticized Trump in public events and interviews with the Oscar winner even referring to Trump as “our lowlife-in-chief.” In response to De Niro’s jabs, Trump has called him “a very low IQ individual” on Twitter, among other insults.