Happy 74th birthday to the greatest director of all time, Martin Scorsese! Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese grew up in the same neighborhood but never talked as kids. Brian De Palma was the one who officially introduced them to each other in the early 70′s and they clicked automatically. In 1978, Martin Scorsese was at an all-time low due to a near overdose resulting from an addiction to cocaine. Robert De Niro visited him at the hospital and told him that he had to clean himself up and make this movie about a boxer. At first, Scorsese refused (he didn’t like sports movies anyway), but due to De Niro’s persistence, he eventually gave in. Many claim that De Niro saved Scorsese’s life by getting him back into work. Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese have collaborated on a total of 8 films together: Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976), New York, New York (1977), Raging Bull (1980), The King Of Comedy (1983), Goodfellas (1990), Cape Fear (1991), and Casino (1995).
Favorite actor series | Robert De Niro: “In some ways, playing the part of a younger Vito Corleone was a passing of the torch to De Niro from the similarly styled acting legend Marlon Brando, who won an Oscar portraying Vito in the original Godfather. De Niro learned a Sicilian dialect of Italian and spoke it fluently throughout the film, a testament to his method approach. While just as menacing as Johnny Boy and LaMotta, De Niro played it quiet, showing a restraint that contrasted Mean Streets but belayed his power as a cinematic performer. He not only accepted the torch from Brando but carried it forward, earning an Oscar (Vito Corleone is still the only character to give two separate performers an Academy Award) and coming into his own as the definitive actor of his generation.”