De Niro is an intuitive actor, as he states “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.”
Robert De Niro is highly known for his many portrayals as a mobster, however this wasn’t by coincidence. In his teens, De Niro joined an Italian street gang whereby he got the nickname “Bobby Milk” for his pasty skin, and even though the young successor wasn’t that rebellious, the mentality he learned there proved to aid him in the many roles he would become critically acclaimed for (great people use life events as inspiration).
De Niro was later trained by the great Stella Alder (a highly strict teacher) who also taught the likes of Marlon Brando.
He was a top-notch student that Alder even states he was one of the best students she had ever had. “When I was 15, 16, I studied with Stella Adler at the Conservatory of Acting, then I stopped again and went to the Actors Studio when I was 18.”
De Niro threw his whole self into the art of acting, and was willing to go the distance. “There is a certain combination of anarchy and discipline in the way I work.” This mentality, along with his mothers support (who used his “education funds” for his “acting career”) allowed him to go the distance.
He would always go above and beyond, instead of bringing in face shots for auditions, he’d bring in around 25 different disguised photos to seperate himself from the rest.