Updated February 12, 2024 at 12:41 PM IST
The two stars first met when Leonardo DiCaprio went to audition for the 1993 drama This Boy’s Life, which also starred Robert De Niro.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro | Picture:X
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From their first meeting, veteran actor Robert De Niro recognized Leonardo DiCaprio’s unique potential and stood by the Hollywood star with producers. The two first met when DiCaprio went to audition for the 1993 drama This Boy’s Life, which also starred De Niro. Although DiCaprio did not attempt the lead role of Tobias, De Niro expressed to the producer how impressed the young actor’s audition had been.
The first meeting between Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio
Speaking about his first meeting with DiCaprio, De Niro told People: “I told Art Linson, the producer, I said, ‘Art, this kid was really interesting.’ I didn’t push. I just said, ‘This kid had something special,’ and then they turned around and ended up using Leo.”
The 80-year-old star and DiCaprio later worked together on the 1996 drama Marvin’s Room and the 2023 western crime drama Killers of the Flower Moon.
Leonardo DiCaprio on his experience working with Robert De Niro
Speaking about their characters in Killers of the Flower Moon, in which he played the nephew of De Niro’s character, DiCaprio recently told Deadline: “I happened to make a movie [titled] This boy’s life where I had an abusive stepfather in De Niro. So it was kind of a similar, incredibly serendipitous, full circle relationship.
“I had the impression of finding the same character or a similar character 30 years later, as an adult. (De Niro) was still playing this abusive character. It was the abusive stepfather.
“Developing Ernest (DiCaprio’s character) was interesting because of all the things I researched – all his writings, all the testimonies, discussions with relatives in Oklahoma – the one consistent and resounding thing was that this man was quite slow and easily manipulated, that (De Niro’s character) Hale had this mental fortress over him.
He also spoke of the pleasure he felt working with De Niro and director Martin Scorsese and the admiration he felt at the “double relationship between actor and filmmaker.”
(with inputs from IANS)