and Mean Streets
, both in 1973. In 1974, he played the young Vito Corleone
in The Godfather Part II
, a role that won him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
His critically acclaimed, longtime collaboration
with Martin Scorsese
began with 1973's Mean Streets
, and earned De Niro an Academy Award for Best Actor
for his portrayal of Jake LaMotta
in the 1980 film Raging Bull. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for his roles in Scorsese's Taxi Driver
(1976) and Cape Fear
Some people say, "New York's a great place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there." I say that about other places.
There's no such thing as not being afraid.
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.
The hardest thing about being famous is that people are always nice to you. You're in a conversation and everybody's agreeing with what you're saying—even if you say something totally crazy. You need people who can tell you what you don't want to hear.
When I'm directing a great dramatic scene, part of me is saying, "Thank God I don't have to do that." Because I know how fucking hard it is to act. It's the middle of the night. It's freezing. You gotta do this scene. You gotta get it up to get to that point. And yet, as a director, you've got to get the actors to that point. It's hard either way.
As you get older, the more complicated things get. It's almost therapeutic to be doing simple things with the kids.
If you don't go, you'll never know.
They're all animals anyway. All the criminals come out at night. Whores, skunk pussies, buggers, queens, fairies, dopers, junkies, sick, venal. Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets.
Better to be a king for a night than a schmuck for a lifetime.