During an appearance on The Late Show this week, Robert De Niro liked Stephen Colbert‘s suggestion that he play New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) in a movie about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“I guess I’ll play Cuomo,” De Niro agreed. “He’s doing what a president should do.”

De Niro had nothing but praise for the governor, and even said he could be president.

“Though I’m for [Joe] Biden and I want everything to go well with Biden. But at least we have a person who is a very capable back-up… If something would change – which God forbid nothing will change – he’s doing a great job,” said De Niro. Then, doubling down, he added, “He’s doing what any president should do.”

Cuomo was then informed by Colbert that De Niro wants to play him if a movie were to be made about the coronavirus pandemic. “De Niro, I am a big De Niro fan,” Cuomo told Colbert. “He is just phenomenal. The breadth of his ability, I mean, just look at all the roles he’s played. He can do anything, right? Deer HunterCape Fear, he can do comedy… how ’bout Taxi Driver?”

The governor expressed his love for the actor and did an impression. “I’m going to do Taxi Driver. The next press conference, when a reporter asks me a question,” — he then launched into an impression of De Niro’s character Travis Bickle in the the 1976 crime drama. “You talkin’ to me?” Cuomo concluded by saying, “Oh, boy, that’d be a treat. I’m a big De Niro fan. He’s a genius.”


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