Robert Niro, 80 Reflects on Life, Fatherhood Family

By: Mobin

De Niro reflects on embodying evil in Oscar-nominated role in "Killers of the Flower Moon," pondering how history fails to reveal truth.  


Reveals acting rhythm as key to his process, enabling improvisation and character discovery. Colleagues awe at his mystery, intensity on-screen yet warmth off.


Looks back on 50-year career spanning over 100 films, especially creative partnership with director Scorsese, whom he says "orchestrates" on set.


Touches on personal side as well, including pride in 12 year-old daughter, emotions over new baby girl at 80, and grief over lost grandchild.


Did extreme dental damage for "Cape Fear" villain role, paid $5k to file teeth down and $20k to repair. One of many sacrifices to extraordinary craft.


Achieved rare Hollywood icon status, even immortalized in Bananarama's 80s ode "Robert De Niro's Waiting." Rare air for any actor.

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