Robert De Niro
Photo by Olivier Strecker

"You don't have to do anything. Nothing."

Robert De Niro (born August 17, 1943) is an American actor who has starred in almost 100 films.  He is also a film producer.

He has won the AFI Life Achievement Award and the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, and has also received many other awards and nominations for awards.

He was a shy child.  At age 10 he played the Cowardly Lion in a school production of The Wizard of Oz, and found that acting helped him gain confidence.  As a child, he was also very interested in cinema.

When he left school, Robert De Niro studied acting, and got his first film role when he was 20.  He has acted continuously ever since.

His advice to 'do nothing' may seem strange to many actors, but it is, in fact, inspired. Here he is explaining what he means ...

Transcript (what is said in the video)

It's simpler than you think, and it's very hard for actors, and I get caught up in that myself, where you have to do more, do something. And you don't have to do anything. Nothing. And you're better off, and it'll work the way people are in life. They don't do anything. I'm talking and I'm looking at your expression, and you could have been told that somebody in your family was this or that ... some terrible thing. You're still going to have the same look on your face, and that says more. It allows the audience to read into, as opposed to you telling them what they should feel. And actors tend, at times, to try and ... so they have to give it something, and you don't have to give it anything. So with David, if we're just working and working and doing all these things, you don't have time to think about this or that, and how do I spin it, or interpret it. You just have to do it, and it will take care of itself.