The 68th annual Golden Globe Awards took place on January 16, 2011, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. Here is what this Golden Globe winner said backstage in the Golden Globe Awards press room.
ROBERT DE NIRO
Cecil B. DeMille Award
What gave you the tenacity to hone your craft?
Well, I’m just here. Only the strong survive. What can I tell you? That’s about it. I just keep working.
What can you say about your acceptance speech tonight? People either seemed to love it or hate it. It almost seemed like you were doing a stand-up comedy routine.
I would’ve preferred doing that than doing something that was more … There are so many ways you can go with it, and I thought this would be more fun for this kind of evening. So that’s why I chose to do it this way.
Who inspired you to be an actor?
Well, I always say [Marlon] Brando, James Dean, Montgomery Clift, Kim Stanley, Geraldine Page. Those are the main actors.
Would you like to be focusing more on directing as you move forward?
Yeah, it’s just that directing is a lot more work. It’s a lot more commitment of time and energy. You’re battling. It’s always money, it’s always schedule. And that’s OK, but it’s really, really tough. It’s wearying.
It’s the classic situation with the money interest. Can you keep the cost down, as opposed to what you want to do creatively? It’s a very simple dynamic, but I admire any director that can stand up and keep weathering it and keep going and make the movie they want to make and make it the way they feel it should be made — and to go against the money interests and so on.
Not that the money interests are not interested in doing the best. They just don’t understand what it is — not all of them; some of them do — but even then, they still say, “Can you keep the costs down?” It’s a constant struggle. It’s a negotiation. It’s a wending your way through all of that. It takes a lot of energy. It’s just is what it is. It’s the nature of it.
Where is your Cecil B. DeMille award right now? And is it still touching for you to achieve such an award?
The award, the top fell off. They warned me that it would. So that’s why I don’t have it with me. It’s nice to be here and receive the award, obviously.
Are there any of your films that you like to watch over and over?
No. If I catch one on television from time to time, that’s a good way to do it, because you’re unprepared for it, and you kind of have a little more objectivity. I’ve always felt that I like to look at all my movies from the beginning to the present, and kind of get an idea where I should go after that, as far as choosing a role or directing something that would be different from what I’ve done to that point, pattern-wise.
Is there any movie that you were attached to that you really wanted to see made that didn’t get made?
I can’t remember. I don’t think so.
What kind of satisfaction have you gotten from being an actor?
I’ve been very fortunate as an actor. I have no complaints. I can’t say anything more than that. I have no complaints. I’ve had a good life. Certain things I would’ve preferred doing better or in another way, and maybe I still can. I think that’s the best way I can answer the question.
When it comes to all the physical transformations you’ve done for your acting, which role stands out the most for you?
Well, “Raging Bull” was of course difficult. “The Deer Hunter” was difficult, as far as shooting. ‘The Mission.” I did a movie called “Flawless.” That was difficult. You probably never even saw it. I worked very hard on that. I worked hard on “Everybody’s Fine.” I work hard on all my movies. Some get recognized. Some don’t. And that is what it is.
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