NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24:  Robert De Niro and Robin Williams pose backstage at the hit play "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo" on Broadway at The Richard Rogers Theater on April 24, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
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Working With Robin Williams Earned Robert De Niro A Broken Nose
Based on a memoir by Dr. Oliver Sacks, “Awakenings” stars Robin Williams as a neurologist and Robert De Niro as one of his patients. The movie is a devastatingly emotional drama without any action scenes, yet Williams still ended up accidentally breaking De Niro’s nose.
In an interview, Willams recalled that the injury took place during a scene that involved De Niro’s character having a seizure and William’s character needing to restrain him. Williams explained, "And my elbow went 'BAM!' and it made a noise like a chicken bone breaking.”
Williams finished the account by saying that De Niro’s surgeon said that the accident actually knocked De Niro’s nose back into place from a decades-long injury he had suffered on the set of “Raging Bull.” De Niro confirmed this fact in a 2018 biography about the late actor, saying, “he knocked [my nose] back in the other direction — straightened it out. It looks better than it did before."