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

Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro

Profession: Actor
Nationality: American

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

When you make a drama, you spend all day beating a guy to death with a hammer, or what have you. Or, you have to take a bite out of somebody's face. On the other hand, with a comedy, you yell at Billy Crystal for an hour, and you go home.

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.

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