Mel Brooks: “I’m not afraid of Trump”

The veteran actor, comedian and film-maker is more worried about the voices whispering in the US President’s ear

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Mel Brooks has said that he does not think Donald Trump is “dangerous” and that he is more worried about the influence of the US President’s aides.

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Speaking backstage at the BAFTAs following his Fellowship award, the 90 year old said: “He just simply hasn’t reached Hitlerian proportions yet, we’ve got to give him a chance, he might get there.

“I don’t think he’s dangerous, I’m not afraid of Trump, not at all. I think he’s mostly an entertainer, a guy that wants audiences to love him.”

He then went on to compare Trump to former President Bush: “What I’m afraid of is all the guys around him, the people who whisper in his ears, just like the people who whispered in George W Bush’s ears – and we got the Iraq war… 

“Trump, please listen to me, stay the egomaniac that you are, listen to no one then we’ll all be safe.”

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The BAFTAs were held at London’s Royal Albert Hall and were hosted by Stephen Fry. Get the full winners list here.