15 Inspirational Quotes by Robert De Niro

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  • 15 Inspirational Quotes by Robert De Niro

    His powerful advice to actors…

    (Arranged by Carmichael Phillips)


    Go for your dreams…

    “Time goes on. So whatever you’re going to do, do it. Do it now. Don’t wait. You’ll have time to rest when you’re dead.”

    “Don’t expect to be famous. You have to love what you do and have fun doing it.”


    Acting….


    (Robert De Niro in The Irishman)

    “In acting, I always try to go back to what would actually be the real situation, the real human behavior in life.”

    “I always go back to how people behave. If you watch how people actually behave in a situation, it’s very simple and honest and contained. You don’t need to use as much expression, as much feeling. Some characters will boil over, and that’s another thing, but a lot of times I think you can just do very, very little.”

    “Acting is simpler than you think. And it’s very hard for actors, and I get caught up in that myself, where you have to do more, do something. And you don’t have to do anything. Nothing!”

    “Be in the moment. Period. Just be there. Because if you get all like, ‘Oh, I got to do this big thing’, it just never works.’”

    “It’s important not to indicate. People don’t try to show their feelings, they try to hide them.”

    “You never know what you do that could be totally out of left field, which actually might work and give something fresh to the whole scene, to the character, whatever. If you have that with a director who then knows how to shape it, either in the direction, in the moment, or in the editing, then that’s good.”

    “It’s important to listen to everyone, as many people as you can and get their input but then finally, you have to make your own decision about what you’re going to do… That’s the most important thing because that’s where the uniqueness comes in.”


    Auditions…

    “I always tell actors when they go in for an audition: Don’t be afraid to do what your instincts tell you. You may not get the part, but people will take notice.”

    “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.”

    “You’re not in a competitive situation with another actor. The better they are, the better you are.”


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