20+ Best Robert De Niro Quotes I Wish I Had Read

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Born in New York City on August 17, 1943, actor Robert De Niro left school at age 16 to study acting with Stella Adler. He then worked with many acclaimed film directors, including Brian DePalma, Elia Kazan and, most importantly, Martin Scorsese

De Niro’s role in The Godfather: Part II(1974) brought him his first Academy Award. He went on to make several other critically acclaimed films, including The Deer Hunter (1978), and scored his second Academy Award for Raging Bull (1980). 

In the 1990s, De Niro saw continued success with such films as Goodfellas and Analyze This. He more recently won acclaim for his work on Silver Linings Playbook (2012), garnering the seventh Oscar nod of his career.

We have compiled a list of Robert De Niro quotes for you to read.

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Robert De Niro Quotes

If it’s a very emotional scene, you’re kind of relieved when you’ve done it, kind of spent. And there are times when you can be rattled, certain characters if they’re hyper, that can carry over, the residue of that. But I try to leave it on the set.

 

One of the things about acting is it allows you to live other people’s lives without having to pay the price.

 

The hardest thing about being famous is that people are always nice to you.

 

I love to find new people. It’s not for the sake of their being new; it’s because if you find someone who perfectly fits a part, that’s such a great thing.

 

You learned the two greatest thing in life, never rat on your friends, and always keep your mouth shut.

 

I mean, the actors that I admired were Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, an actress named Barbara Harris. And Greta Garbo. They were great actors.

 

Time goes on. So whatever you’re going to do, do it. Do it now. Don’t wait.

 

If it’s the right chair, it doesn’t take too long to get comfortable in it.

 

I always tell actors when they go in for an audition: Don’t be afraid to do what your instincts tell you. You may not get the part, but people will take notice.

 

You’ll have time to rest when you’re dead.

 

I spent lunchtime in a grave during the filming of ‘Bloody Mama.’ When you’re younger, you feel that’s what you need to do to help you stay in character. When you get older, you become more confident and less intense about it – and you can achieve the same effect.

 

Movies are hard work. The public doesn’t see that. The critics don’t see it. But they’re a lot of work. A lot of work.

 

The director respects what they’ve hired you for and chosen you for: to do the part and respect what you’re doing.

 

Italy has changed. But Rome is Rome.

 

I think it’s important to have had at least a few years of obscurity, where people treat you like everybody else.

 

Movies are hard work. The public doesn’t see that. The critics don’t see it. But they’re a lot of work. A lot of work.

 

There’s nothing more ironic or contradictory than life itself.

 

There is a certain combination of anarchy and discipline in the way I work.

 

I think Hollywood has a class system. The actors are like the inmates, but the truth is they’re running the asylum.

 

It’s important not to indicate. People don’t try to show their feelings, they try to hide them.

 

I’ve never been one of those actors who has touted myself as a fascinating human being. I had to decide early on whether I was to be an actor or a personality.

 

My definition of a good hotel is a place I’d stay at.

 

I go to Paris, I go to London, I go to Rome, and I always say, ‘There’s no place like New York. It’s the most exciting city in the world now. That’s the way it is. That’s it.’

 

My mother worked for a woman, Maria Ley-Piscator, who with her husband founded the Dramatic Workshop, which was connected to the New School. My mother did proofreading and typing and stuff or her, and as part of her payment, I was able to take acting classes there on Saturdays when I was 10.

 

Money makes your life easier. If you’re lucky to have it, you’re lucky.

 

When I was 15, 16, I studied with Stella Adler at the Conservatory of Acting, then I stopped again and went to the Actors Studio when I was 18.

 

I didn’t have a problem with rejection, because when you go into an audition, you’re rejected already. There are hundreds of other actors. You’re behind the eight ball when you go in there.

 

In acting, I always try to go back to what would actually be the real situation, the real human behavior in life.

 

You draw on whatever’s relevant to the part you’re playing; it makes it more personal.

 

I always go back to how people behave. If you watch how people actually behave in a situation, it’s very simple and honest and contained. You don’t need to use as much expression, as much feeling. Some characters will boil over, and that’s another thing, but a lot of times I think you can just do very, very little.

 

With ‘Silver Linings,’ I didn’t feel – I was thinking of certain things, but I just said, ‘Let me go with it.’ You have to know what you’re doing, where you’re going with the scenes, and I put a lot of work into that. But when you’re out there, at the same time you gotta be ready for anything.

 

I’m lucky that I have whatever I had that makes me have a successful career, if you will.

 

You never know what you do that could be totally out of left field, which actually might work and give something fresh to the whole scene, to the character, whatever. If you have that with a director who then knows how to shape it, either in the direction, in the moment, or in the editing, then that’s good.

 

I have so much respect for directors. It’s a tremendous amount of pressure; you have to keep steadfast and keep what you know is right.

 

I don’t get into these long-winded heavy discussions about character – do we do this or that or what. At the end of the day, what you gotta do is just go out there and do it.

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