Generally, the main trouble associated with unauthorized biographies of renowned people is that the author of the work has a particular agenda that he is trying to express of that person. However, John Baxter’s biography of the both enigmatic as well as iconic actor Robert De Niro gives an almost totally unbiased approach to his life as well as craft. His book also serves as more than just a biography of a well-liked actor, but a thorough account of the persons, events, and history that shaped the American film landscape of the second half of the earlier century.
Born in New York to artists, Robert De Niro had small interest in acting until the instant he mentioned to a friend of his, after seeing a film, that he required to do that as a teen as well as young adult he did his rounds in New York with several other actors and filmmakers, like Scorsese, De Palma, Pacino as well as Keitel. He did his share of plays and little films. Being a scholar of Stella Adler, De Niro believes in the pre-eminence of the character, over the Strasberg approach of bringing individual items to one’s performance. He would so wrap himself in his characters that persons who worked with him would have no thought who the real De Niro was on set. He would come out aloof if he appeared at all between takes. While he may not be classically skilled as an actor, as Kenneth Branagh would report from the set of Frankenstein, no one worked very hard. He believes that he wants to earn the right to play the character. For The Deer Hunter, he enjoyed months in a Pennsylvania coal-mining town. For Raging Bull, he put on 40 pounds as well as fought 500 exposition rounds of boxing. For The Godfather Part II (he read for Michael in Part I) he travelled to Sicily as well as picked up the dialect.
He was so enveloped in his approach that uniformly as idiosyncratic artists, similar to Martin Scorsese, would immediately be drawn to him. There is small doubt that the 1976 film Taxi Driver cemented De Niro as well as the other sons of New York on the Hollywood landscape. Jodi Foster, then 14, remembered rehearsing as well as rehearsing the pivotal dinner scene with him. She admitted that she was at the tip of boredom, she had done it so several times. That is when she got the epiphany that is exactly what needed to be done to do a scene and De Niro.
No exact biography is completely lauding as well as Baxter addresses De Niro’s failures on and off screen. He has had his flops, (Cannonball Run, The King of Comedy, Rocky as well as Bullwinkle,) and for a time he was billed as the most thriving unprofitable actor in Hollywood. From what Baxter could glean from his tight-lipped move towards to his personal life, it has been a rocky one. Moving from one failed relationship to another, Baxter also alludes to the truth that he was doing cocaine with Robin Williams as well as John Belushi the night he died in Bungalow 3 at the Chateau Marmont.
The just shortcoming of this book is perhaps the biggest puzzle of all. Mentioned early, Baxter claims that the cause why De Niro is such a good actor is that he garnered the impulsive from his father. Not that Robert De Niro Sr. explicitly embraced his son’s occupation, but that De Niro Jr. was driven to the world of pretend as a youth to pretend that his father was normal. A failed painter, De Niro Sr. spent some time in some artist communes in upstate New York and Baxter conjects he had different intimate relations with other male artists.