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Robert De Niro teases Penn and Scorsese in speech

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January 7, 2014. Robert De Niro poses during a photocall for the movie "Grudge Match" in Rome.Reuters

Usually soft-spoken Robert De Niro took some friendly jabs at Sean Penn and Martin Scorsese at a Hollywood charity event Thursday night reports The New York Post.

After being introduced by Penn at the Unite4:Humanity gala on the Sony Pictures lot, De Niro said of the customarily scruffy actor and activist, “I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you putting a suit on.” De Niro added: “You’ve made a huge mistake giving me this. It would have made a lot more sense if I were here presenting it to Sean Penn: There’s no one I know who walks the philanthropic walk more than Sean.”

Then, introducing Scorsese, who picked up the show’s Creative Conscience Award, De Niro quipped, “ ‘Creative Conscience Award?’ Are you kidding me? Have you guys seen ‘The Wolf of Wall Street?’”

Others honored at the gala included Selena Gomez, Alicia Keys, Philomena Lee, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Demi Lovato and Bill Clinton, who received a standing ovation for his speech. “Try following a president,” quipped the next presenter, Steve Coogan.

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