Robert De Niro and Method acting

joeac

Active Member
Hello everyone, I am currently studying A2 Film studies. I am conducting a small scale research project and need to collate some primary research. My focus is Robert De Niro and Method acting. In your opinion how has Robert De Niro successfully used method acting in the following films: Raging Bull, Taxi Driver and The Untouchables? Thanks.
 

jdevil

Distinguished Member
Method acting has had a great impact on Robert De Niro.

Just look at some of the Best Performances of the Decade and you'll see. Heath Ledger, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Christian Bale are all method actors (at least in the roles they portrayed that were so memorable) and gave out exciting mesmerising performances because of it

Method performances are those where the actor is totally committed and those are the films where De Niro really excelled like Raging Bull. Although I highly doubt Robert De Niro even bothers how days. Method acting takes a lot of preparation, time and commitment. Also there isn't many scripts in Hollywood that demands much depth into characters. I remember reading Robert spent a lot of his time driving taxis around to fit in his role in the film Taxi Driver and staying up awake at night.

Method acting isn't as popular as before, infact many actors never state which style they've adopted. Hollywood has a certain dislike for method actors.

Although Method acting isn't a must, A true actor, finds acting within themselves, that comes from their core. Once they have that, they can apply it to any role and can win the day.
 

captainarchive

Distinguished Member
Hello everyone, I am currently studying A2 Film studies. I am conducting a small scale research project and need to collate some primary research. My focus is Robert De Niro and Method acting. In your opinion how has Robert De Niro successfully used method acting in the following films: Raging Bull, Taxi Driver and The Untouchables? Thanks.
In Raging Bull he put on a lot of weight to play his character. In Taxi Driver he saved his head and in The Untouchables he smoked cigars and used a baseball bat to emphasis a point.:)
 

joeac

Active Member
Is that a fancy way of saying that you hope to use some of the comments in your dissertation so you have to do less work. :laugh:

I need to print screen this thread when I have had enough responses so that I can prove I have used many sources, one being a forum where people express their views and knowledge.
 
I need to print screen this thread when I have had enough responses so that I can prove I have used many sources, one being a forum where people express their views and knowledge.

When I wrote my dissertations for film studies I just read a lot of books and articles, which I then annotated. I'm not sure what you hope to achieve by quoting forum members, whose qualification you know nothing about, rather than film writers who have researched their subject and really know what they are talking about.
 

joeac

Active Member
When I wrote my dissertations for film studies I just read a lot of books and articles, which I then annotated. I'm not sure what you hope to achieve by quoting forum members, whose qualification you know nothing about, rather than film writers who have researched their subject and really know what they are talking about.

Film studies may have changed since you studied it. I am following what the exam board have told me to do, also I am not quoting forum members I am showing the exam board that I have used different sources. This is what everyone studying film is currently doing and this is what we have been set to do.
 

sandro1893

Standard Member
Robert De Niro has successfully used method acting in each of the three films you have mentioned, as when you study the characters he has played each are believable, convincing and detailed. Its clear De Niro used method acting for these roles as he has immersed himself into each character's personality and characteristics rather than using improvised acting which would make these roles less believable and successful.
 

SibTiger33

Well-known Member
Hello everyone, I am currently studying A2 Film studies. I am conducting a small scale research project and need to collate some primary research. My focus is Robert De Niro and Method acting. In your opinion how has Robert De Niro successfully used method acting in the following films: Raging Bull, Taxi Driver and The Untouchables? Thanks.

Shouldnt this be asked differently?

I.e why method act? whats the point?

generally actors do it to fully embrace the role and help develop a more beleivable performance.

the How in method actiing is usually the same (i.e extra dedication to a particular character - all actors pretty much method act in the same way. its about how far you are willing to go to deliver that performance.) usually its the why and the result which is more important.

Then you couuld compare it to the other side - Method actiing vs a solid script / actiing.

So compare De-Niros performance in Goodfellas or Casino with those in Raging Bull, Taxi Driver.

Then finally you could think about where do you draw the line in method acting? (i.e Christin Bale - Machinist ) - also research Robert De-Niro in 'The Mission' and Daniel Day Lewis in My Left Foot.

Does method acting actually help to deliver that knockout performance - how do u define a successful method acting performance? is method acting more about the character than what the actor is welling to do?
 

joeac

Active Member
Shouldnt this be asked differently?

I.e why method act? whats the point?

generally actors do it to fully embrace the role and help develop a more beleivable performance.

the How in method actiing is usually the same (i.e extra dedication to a particular character - all actors pretty much method act in the same way. its about how far you are willing to go to deliver that performance.) usually its the why and the result which is more important.

Then you couuld compare it to the other side - Method actiing vs a solid script / actiing.

So compare De-Niros performance in Goodfellas or Casino with those in Raging Bull, Taxi Driver.

Then finally you could think about where do you draw the line in method acting? (i.e Christin Bale - Machinist ) - also research Robert De-Niro in 'The Mission' and Daniel Day Lewis in My Left Foot.

Does method acting actually help to deliver that knockout performance - how do u define a successful method acting performance? is method acting more about the character than what the actor is welling to do?

After reading it over it doesn't come across properly lol. Thanks for the help, appreciated :)
 

soundstory

Well-known Member
Slightly off topic.

I read a quote from a film producer (can't remember who) stating that the reason why British actors normally get cast as villans so often is due to Americans and method acting, ie UK actors can actually use their imagination, rather than having to look "inside themselves"
 

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