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

Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro

Profession: Actor
Nationality: American

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

Italy has changed. But Rome is Rome.

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

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.

Good directors can bring certain things out of you, with their intensity or gentleness or sensitivity or understanding. They can make an actor feel he can do no wrong.

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

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.

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 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.