The mind of a writer can be a truly terrifying thing. Isolated, neurotic, caffeine-addled, crippled by procrastination, consumed by feelings of panic, self-loathing, and soul-crushing inadequacy. And that’s on a good day.
Robert DeNiro hitting it on the head about writers, at the 2014 Oscars
Robert De Niro said: “Al, over the years we’ve taken roles from one another. People have tried to compare us to one another, to pit us against each other and tear us apart personally. I’ve never seen the comparison frankly. I’m clearly much taller, more the leading-man type. Honestly, you just may be the finest actor of our generation.” And then he added, with a smile, “With the possible exception of me, frankly.”
The American Cinematheque tribute to Al Pacino, Oct. 21st, 2005