American director Quentin Tarantino at Rome Film Fest 2021. Quentin Tarantino Red Carpet. Rome (Italy), October 19th, 2021 (Photo by Rocco Spaziani/Archivio Spaziani/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
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Why Quentin Tarantino Sees Robert De Niro As An Actor In A League Of His Own
Quentin Tarantino recently commented on the fact that big movie stars just aren't as much of a thing anymore. However, even if Tarantino thinks that celebrity actors don't enjoy the same hypnotic marketing power that they once did, he's still willing to give praise where it's due — and certainly, few actors deserve more praise than Robert De Niro.
In a 1997 interview, Tarantino told Charlie Rose about his experience working with De Niro on “Jackie Brown.” He said, "I've never seen an actor so completely consume himself in character, in true character work during the [shoot] ... If you are really in character, you only have a few choices [about how to react when something happens] ... De Niro has that down."
Despite some turbulence between De Niro and Tarantino, the actor's dedication to realistic character decisions ended up being a great fit for "Jackie Brown." Tarantino had previously revealed that he felt De Niro's character "could be one of the best acting roles [he'd] ever written," but required an actor like De Niro who could subtly convey complex body language.