I’ve come to know De Niro fairly well down the years. He’s a very compassionate man. He’s basically a very good man and you can see that in him. So he can take on characters that are pretty disturbing and make them human because of that compassion. It’s taken me years to figure it out. He has an ability to make audiences feel empathy for very difficult characters because there is something very decent in him. […]And even now I still know of nobody who can surprise me on the screen the way he does — and did then. No actor comes to mind who can provide such power and excitement. - Martin Scorsese
I wish I had that knowledge of movies that he has. He’s like an encyclopedia. I could call him up and ask him about a certain movie, and he would know about it. He’s seen everything, it’s great. - Robert De Niro
Jodie Foster, Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese on the set of Taxi Driver, photographed by Steve Shapiro, 1976.
There is this image that has been built up - invented, more like - and there’s me, living the life. I do not consider myself some sort of acting legend, just an actor doing his best with the material that is there at the time.
Happy 70th Birthday Robert De Niro!!! | August 17, 1943
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Martin Scorsese overlays potential tattoos for Robert De Niro in Cape Fear