There are personal stories about DeNiro, but as the author notes, DeNiro is a private person that doesn't like giving interviews so it's hard to get a real feel for who he is.
I found this to be a very detailed book on DeNiro's film career.
It gives the background to each of his movies, his preparation for the role, how the movie was reviewed and how successful it was. Also, original cast choices, for example, on Silver Linings Playbook, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence got the roles, but originally they had Vince Vaughn and Zooey Deschanel in mind and then Mark Wahlburg and Angelina Jolie, but they backed out.
Also, Schindler's List was a Martin Scorcese movie that they let Spielberg have so they could make Cape Fear instead.
"You talking to me" was taken from Bruce Springstein concert.
And there was an insinuation in the book that John Belushi who was DeNiro's friend OD'd on heroin because he was trying to be like Deniro in his extreme method acting and took the drug to prepare for a character he wanted to portray in a movie.
I do agree his movies haven't been to the same standards as his early work, but I can't expect him to throw himself into the roles like when he was young and single with a family.
Kind of a sorry tale about a once great actor who decided after a while that he didn't care any more and started to take easy roles just for the money. You get the idea that if you knew him, you might not like him or respect him very much. The author does a good job of analyziing his early movies, pariculalry his disciplined approach to roles which is why so many actors revere him. But after a while, he seems to lose interest. His attitudes toward women are not admirable either. It appears that he started out hungry and honest but grew self- indulgent as the millions he demanded and got, rolled in. So sad for someone whose legacy was once headed for greatness but has now grown dimmer.........
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