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Time interview with De Niro
  • There's a lengthy interview with Robert De Niro at Time, including:

    I thought if Robert De Niro wants to direct a movie, Robert De Niro gets to direct a movie.
    It's not so easy. Especially this movie. Matt was crucial. He said, "I love this script. I'd do it for nothing." And he did. Not for nothing, but practically. It couldn't have been done otherwise. A lot of people took less money. It was expensive as it is.

    How has acting changed in the 30 years since those movies?
    Well, Matt is a younger actor, but very dedicated and very serious about what he does. And Leonardo DiCaprio is another. He's wonderful in The Departed.

    You considered him for this, right?
    Yes, but schedulewise it was too complicated. Both Leo and Matt take it very seriously.

    Matt's performance in The Good Shepherd is very minimalist.
    We had worked on that. We wanted to make sure his character was in check. It was important not to be too accessible or available. I always go back to what people do in reality. Would they do this in a real situation? So I'd say, You don't have to look at the person. You don't have to react. You can do nothing. And that will have more impact and power than anything you could do.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 4th, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
    De Niro praises Leo but calls Matt "serious". Hmmmm. I hope when he says Matt's is a "minimalist" performance that he's referreng to such performances as Ledger's in "Brokeback" IMHO, the best of last year, or Matt's as Bourne or Ripley: a couple of wonderfully realized characters done minimally. Acting this wsy is way more effective for drama than chewing the scenery as Leo sometimes does. I'm realy looking forward to TGS. Hope it's great!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 7th, 2006 01:41 am (UTC) (Link)
    Seems to me that "minimalist" in this article is a euphemism for "wooden" which is what many people describe Matt's acting as. Personally, I don't see it, but that may be my fanaticism talking. :-)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 7th, 2006 02:28 am (UTC) (Link)
    And get used to that kind of comment because you're going to hear it a lot in relation to this movie. It's an acting choice, with Matt performing at the direction of De Niro. Many are going to say it's too introverted, too stilted, but others will say it's great. It's not going to be a film (or performance) to please a lot of people, or average joe viewers.
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