“You talkin’ to me?” No, Bobby, I was just doing today’s… “You talkin’ to me?” …today’s post, that’s all. Put the gun down, okay? “You talkin’ to me?” Uh, not really… “Well then, who the hell else are you talking to?” Okay, it was a great scene, but… “You talkin’ to me? I’m the only one here.”
I love Robert De Niro. I’ve seen many of his movies, and like Robert Duvall (Great American Thing No. 135) I think he’s incapable of giving a bad performance. Two of his lesser-known roles are my favorites – as Sam in Ronin (1998), probably the best car-chase movie ever, and as bounty hunter Jack Walsh opposite Charles Grodin in Midnight Run (1988).
De Niro’s made something of a specialty in playing mobster parts. Let’s see. There’s The Gang Who Couldn’t Shoot Straight, The Godfather: Part II, Once Upon a Time in America, The Untouchables, Goodfellas, Casino, and Analyze This and That. Dese. Dem. Dose. You know if there’s a movie in development about mobsters, the producers will be saying, “I wonder if we can get De Niro.”
He’s been nominated for six Oscars and won two (Raging Bull and The Godfather: Part II). Oh, and De Niro has a new picture coming out next year called Frankie Machine. Guess what part he plays? Yep, he’s a retired mob hit man who’s lured back to the job. What were the chances?