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.

Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro

Profession: Actor
Nationality: American

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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 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.

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.

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

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.

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

The talent is in the choices.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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