It’s fricking De Niro. Why De Niro? Because he’s De Niro. .
Winner of two Best Leading Male-awards at the Academy Awards (for Raging Bull and The Godfather II), respected among peers as ‘one of the greats’, a muse for Martin Scorsese, the method-actor to look up to, Robert De Niro more than deserves to be split reel’s first Actor of the Month. He’s been in films widely considered to be the best films ever made, including Taxi Driver, The Godfather II, Raging Bull, The Deer Hunter, Goodfellas, King Of Comedy, The Mission, Mean Streets and Once Upon A Time In America.
His unique way of acting captures an intensity that few others can. Both dramatic and funny, brooding and playful, Bobby De Niro has played some of the most memorable characters in film history. His ingenuous relationship with director Martin Scorsese has produced some of the finest collaborations ever to appear on the big screen, but yet he’s a grounded man, humble and intelligent.
One of my (and many other’s) favourite actors, this guy has produced more acting gold in his youth than any other guy out there today, and keeps presenting us with solid performances even today.
A peek at a psychotic, twisted mind, Taxi Driver gave us one of the most classic films and quotes of the century. This is where all those terrible DeNiro impressions began. Nominated (again) for the Academy Award, DeNiro didn’t hit the jackpot that time, but won the place as America’s Top Actor.
Scorsese’s most underrated film, The King of Comedy saw De Niro with Jerry Lewis, portraying a relationship between an aspiring comedian, the stalker, and his idol, the stalkee. One of those that not a lot of people today have seen, which is a shame since it’s even more relevant now in the celebrity-worshipping, superficial culture.
The gruelling role that earned his second Oscar, Raging Bull is a film and a performance you will never forget or regret watching. Violent, sharp, vicious and smart.
Had to include this here, the guy is known for his twisted, dark sense of humor. A bit akward and shy at times, but yer strong and willful, they don’t make them like this anymore.
What’s your favourite De Niro film?