#MTOS (Movie Talk On Sunday) – Robert De Niro (29th March 2015)

Hello and welcome to another round of #MTOS (Movie Talk on Sundays) a most celebrated and well regarded Twitter film discussion that takes place every Sunday from 8pm GMT time. Literally any film buff, film lover or ultimate DVD collector can take part and join in the fun, its a great way to meet other like-minded film lovers and get stuck into some great thoughtful movie discussion.

For all of you who regularly take part every week, you’ll know how this works, but for those of you who are complete #MTOS newbies; the rules are pretty simple and straight forward. I shall be posting ten questions all relevant to my chosen topic, one every ten minutes so you have up to ten minutes to answer each question and must make it clear at the start which question you’re answering so if you’re wanting to answer Q1. you should begin with A1. then your answer. And always add the #MTOS hash tag at the end so its easy for other people to see your answers 🙂

‘You talkin’ to me?’
 ‘Never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut’.
‘You do what you do best, try to stop guys like me.’
‘You can get further with a kind word and a gun than you can with just a kind word.’
‘Never get me down Ray, hear me? You never got me down.’
‘I have nipples. Greg. could you milk me?’

Robert De Niro is heralded as one of the greatest actors of his generation and still one of the biggest stars today, its not hard to see why though is it? I mean sure, he’s not as good as he used to be and has made some pretty bad box office failures as of late; bar the exception of Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, but there’s definitely no denying he’s had one of the best careers that most film actors only wish they could have and mould into these days. He’s gone from being a fantastic method actor to a director and also a brilliant comical actor in movies like Meet The Parents and Analyse This (let us forget about the sequels to both of these films) and of course working with Martin Scorsese had only raised his movie stardom status even higher!

So why did I choose to have him as my subject matter this time? Well I think I’ve already established how he’s the best actor on this planet so I’ll conclude by saying that I’m really one of his biggest fans. Before DVD took over I would keep endlessly spending all my pocket money as a kid on any De Niro film I could find on VHS, both his great and most successful work and maybe others not so successful where box office records are concerned. But hey, I’ve always thought if you’re a fan of someone, then you should branch out and buy all their stuff, no matter what the quality is; so you can at least compare both their high and low points. I’ve also taken a very keen interest in finding out how he likes to prepare for his roles and gaining an insight into his own personal life.

I hope this Sunday evening turns out to be a blast as we chat and discuss about one of my most favourite actors to ever grace American film history.

I look forward to reading, favouriting and retweeting your answers 😉

Q1. Which, in your view, is De Niro’s greatest performance of all time and why?

Q2. Heroes, villains, anti-heroes, ex-cons, gangsters. Is there any role he hasn’t played? Which of his roles most fascinates you?

Q3. We all know he has a really close relationship with Scorsese but is there another director you thought he worked really well with?

Q4. Did you prefer him as a supporting actor in Goodfellas or as the leading man in Casino? Or is it impossible to compare both roles?

Q5. He’s also done a bit of comedy acting. Some good but others really bad. Who/what is at fault when it goes horribly wrong?

Q6. De Niro mentioned in a recent interview it was really just pure luck that bought him so much success. Do you agree?

Q7. I know this has been asked so many times before but I’m interested in your answers – De Niro or Pacino? Who IS the better actor?

Q8. De Niro, Pacino, Pesci and Keitel are teaming up with Scorsese to make another mafia gangster picture. Excited or worried?

Q9. What do you think of his performance and commitment in playing Jake La Motta? Truly deserved of that best actor Oscar?

Q10. Which Robert De Niro character quote would best sum up your life and why?


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