Robert De Niro - 77. What is the main acting secret of a Hollywood star?

Two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro has long earned the status of a Hollywood legend. The actor is almost 80, but he is still afloat: the best directors are fighting for the opportunity to work with "Mr. De Niro". But what is the secret of his long-term success?

70 years ago, little Robert, the son of New York artists, first appeared on stage in a school play as the cowardly lion. Then he realized that he could be reincarnated as anyone and set about acting on the path. By the age of 17, the guy was at a crossroads between "good" and "bad", engaging in creativity, while many of his childhood friends had already gone to jail. However, the choice fell on the bright side.
Robert De Niro in his youth and now
Robert De Niro in his youth and now
His obsession with the profession is amazing. For his role in Taxi Driver (1976), 33-year-old Robert got a job in a New York taxi company, and worked several 12-hour shifts, driving customers around the city. When the actor had to learn how to play the saxophone for the movie "New York, New York" (1977), he settled at his teacher's house.
Working on the drama "Raging Bull" (1980), the actor fiercely fought in the ring with real athletes and demanded "not to give him any mercy", although he received serious injuries. In 1990, the actor broke his nose while filming The Awakening. Blood began to flow, but Robert did not break the game. And only after nine takes did he go to the hospital.
For his role in Taxi Driver (1976), 33-year-old Robert got a job in a New York taxi company, and worked several 12-hour shifts, driving customers around the city. And on the set of the drama "Raging Bull" (1980), the actor fiercely fought in the ring with real athletes and demanded "not to give him any mercy", although he received serious injuries. The secret of De Niro's skill lies in the fact that an actor can become anyone - as if he does not exist at all. Robert never shows up in his character. It has always been that way. De Niro's acting palette is limitless: he plays both formidable Mafiosi and cheeky old men. And after 50 years in cinema, he can still handle absolutely any role.
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  • Jacqueline Flores
    Love this guy!