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Disturbingly stoic, violent and seeking absolution he’s not sure he needs, the mob killer Frank Sheeran allowed Robert De Niro to deliver a majestic, subtle performance in “The Irishman” that has the feel of a crowning achievement — and for reasons that go beyond the screen. Based on Sheeran’s memoir, “I Heard You Paint Houses,” the film is haunted by the cinematic moments that De Niro, the director Martin Scorsese and the co-stars Al Pacino and Joe Pesci have made in so many movies about hard men with hollowed hearts. “The fact that me, Joe and Al were doing this film is something in and of itself,” said the halting, taciturn De Niro, who also played a key role in this fall’s controversial, Scorsese-indebted “Joker.” “Marty directing it says something. It all sets a tone. The audience’s perception of each character, us actors being together and what the story is — the film is all those things.” It’s also a reminder, as if we needed one, of the brutal and beautifully unsentimental revelations that only a peak De Niro performance can provide.

In getting ready to play Frank Sheeran, you dug deep into the source material, and you also spoke with people who knew the guy. But I’m curious how your thinking about preparation has changed over the years. You’ve said in the past that you don’t kill yourself with it the way you did when you were younger. What I meant was that maybe it’s not as necessary to be so obsessed. It’s better at times to be relaxed. Do all the preparation before, and then just do the scene, and don’t be anxious about it or amped up about what it is. Getting so concerned about an emotional scene — you can kind of short-circuit whatever’s going to come.

Was there a performance that led to that realization? No. I just felt that a real emotional situation in life comes due to the circumstances around you. If you prepare too much — you know the joke about the actor who couldn’t remember any lines?

No, I don’t know it. This actor can’t remember lines, so he can’t get a job. A director he knows runs into him at the gas station where he’s working. The director says: “I have a play that in the third act, what you do is go and say, ‘Hark, I hear the cannons roar.’ Can I count on you to do that?” The actor says he’ll do it. He goes and rehearses, rehearses, rehearses. “Hark, I hear the cannons roar. Hark, I hear the cannons roar.” On the day of the play, the third act comes, and the actor runs out onstage. Boom! The cannon goes boom, and the actor goes, “What the was that?!” The point is, you don’t want to lose spontaneity.

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Earlier in your career, there was a lot of attention paid to how you changed your body for your work in, to pick just the most famous example, “Raging Bull.” In “The Irishman,” your body changed too, but the changes were made digitally, to allow you to look younger. How did it affect the performance not to be able to feel those changes physically? Well, it’s harder to act younger than it is the other way round. We had a guy named Gary Tacon who was a movement coach. He would tap you and say, “You’re 39 in this scene.” In one case, I was walking down the stairs a little more carefully than my character would’ve, and Gary showed me that you kind of fall down the stairs when you’re younger. So I did that. I did it well. Marty cut it out because he didn’t need it. But it was that kind of stuff. You have to be aware of having a certain spryness.

And you felt that you could credibly achieve that? I felt that, but even so, some people felt it was not — they weren’t criticizing it. They were saying they could see my real age. O.K., fine, that’s interesting. I should’ve taken steroids or something. They’ll youth-ify you or de-age you or whatever, but you still can’t look like you’re crotchety. It’s a good thing. You know, Marty would see, and I saw it, too, that there would be an expression in my eyes during a scene, but after they youth-ified me, my eyes had a different emotional expression. Marty was concerned about that. I had the right emotional intention, the right attitude, but when that de-aging came, the expression in the eye changed. So they had to figure out a way to make sure that after I was youth-ified it would not alter the intention of the scene as we acted it. It was an interesting problem.

You could think about a character like Frank — or a lot of people you’ve played — as fundamentally inhumane as written on the page. But you have a way of infusing all these vicious characters with something approaching soul. Are there keys to doing that? The rule in acting is you never make a judgment about your character. The characters have their reasons, and you understand them. You’re trying to look at their point of view. I mean, in “The Irishman,” Frank has a problem with his daughter. He has problems that anybody can relate to. I never thought of him as being amoral or immoral. He lives in a world where the penalties are harsh if you don’t do what you’re supposed to do. He says he’s going to do something, he does it. I don’t like to go to Trump, but he is a person who, to me, has no morals, no ethics, no sense of right and wrong, is a dirty player.

Could you find your way into the character of President Trump? I wouldn’t want to play him. He’s such an awful person. There’s nothing redeemable about him, and I never say that about any character.

You found redemptive qualities in Travis Bickle, and you’re saying you couldn’t do the same if you were playing President Trump? I can’t compare. There’s not one moment that Trump said: “I’m sorry. I realize I’ve done something that I shouldn’t have done.” He has not one speck of redeemability in him. He’s not owed one speck of redeemability.

People have argued that some of Trump’s rhetoric has emboldened others to make threats or enact violence. Those arguments are not a world away from ones that people made about Travis Bickle or “Joker.” Do you think those arguments hold water? They might, but Trump has people who follow him who are crazy and want to do crazy things. What we’re doing in film, it’s like a dream. We know it’s not real. There are people who will take anything to be real and that we have no control over. The president is supposed to set an example of trying to do the right thing. Not be a nasty little bitch. Because that’s what he is. He’s a petulant little punk. There’s not one thing that I see in him or his family, not any redeeming qualities. They’re out on the take. It’s like a gangster family.

To shift subjects a bit, what about if somebody were looking to play you? Would you be willing to talk with them and help out with their preparation? That’s a good question. I don’t know. I’ve always experienced that people are open because they want you to get it right. They want to give you information. With “Raging Bull,” Jake LaMotta was great with me and Marty. He was happy that we were making a movie about him. Certain things, maybe it was our interpretation. That’s the same with Frank Sheeran and “The Irishman.” In acting they say: Make it your own. Personalize it. It’s the same thing with these stories. There has to be some — I don’t like to say poetic license, because that has a negative connotation when it shouldn’t — but it’s a way of expressing how you see it. It doesn’t mean it’s right. But it’s how you see yourself.

What did you see in yourself that you put into Frank Sheeran? Aha! That is the question.

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What’s the answer? That is the question, but the answer is personal. I mean, when I talked to Marty about certain things about the film — sometimes he’s like a priest. We talk, and I have to be honest with him in order to get stuff in the film that we need to say. But it’s personal stuff that I would express through the character. It’s not stuff I’d tell other people.

I know you’ve thought about one day sitting down and watching all your own movies. What would you hope to see? I would probably be apprehensive, because I’m critical about what I did. But the other thing is what I could learn if I looked at all my stuff and got an idea of what I’ve done, what the pattern is. Because I’d like to do something that’s really different from what I’ve done or been known to do.

If you watched all your performances, do you think you’d feel any pride? I have reasons that I look at my stuff and I’m not happy. Other people look at my stuff and say they don’t even know what I’m talking about. I don’t know. It’s not for me to say.

David Marchese is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine and the Talk columnist. Recently he interviewed Pete Townshend on rock’s legacy, Patti LuPone about being bullied on Broadway and Whoopi Goldberg about creative fulfillment. Jack Davison is a British photographer. His work has been featured in British Vogue, Modern Weekly China and recently in the magazine with a cover photograph of Glenda Jackson. His first book, “Photographs,” was published by Loose Joints earlier this year.

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This interview has been edited and condensed from two conversations.

Robert De Niro: I’d ‘Disown’ My Children if They Acted Like Trump’s Kids

Robert De Niro has never been shy about sharing his disdain for Donald Trump. But while he had plenty to say about the president on Monday when he stopped by the set of The View, he reserved his sharpest criticism for the president’s children.

Before they could get to his latest film, The Irishman, De Niro dove straight into the conversation about impeachment. “No matter what happens, which we know probably in the Senate he won’t get convicted or whatever, but we have to do this,” he said. “We have to go through the motions. Symbolically, it means something. It’s a taint on his presidency, more than a taint. It’s a stain, one that he deeply deserves.”

When co-host Abby Huntsman asked the actor if he thinks Democrats should impeach Trump “even if that means that could risk Republicans winning in the election,” De Niro quickly shut down that argument. “We don’t have time for that,” he said. “He did something wrong. He has to pay for it, period.”

In a recent interview with The New York Times Magazine, De Niro said that he could never play Trump on screen because there’s “nothing redeemable about him.” Joy Behar wanted to know if he really thinks Trump is worse than Taxi Driver’s Travis Bickle or Raging Bull’s Jake LaMotta.

“To me, he is,” De Niro said. “Because he has no understanding that I can see of the outside world other than anything around him. He has no idea of what his purpose in life as the president should be, and that is to pull the country together, to be for the people, to heal wounds, not to open them up and pour salt on them.”

“I always say he’s a low life,” he continued. “And he knows he’s a low life. He knows everything he projects about negative things on individuals, on situations, on institutions, he’s saying about himself.” As an example, De Niro cited what Trump said about the late Senator John McCain during the 2016 campaign, prompting Meghan McCain to speak for the first time since Whoopi Goldberg told her to “stop talking” earlier in the show.

“He’s deeply emasculated by my father’s legacy and he can’t take it, that’s what it’s about,” McCain said.

Then came De Niro’s take on Trump’s adult children. “I don’t want my kids to take this the wrong way, but if my kids did what these kids did, I wouldn’t want to be related to them. I would disown them,” he said, prompting a few gasps from the audience. “I would have a serious talk with them.”

He said it’s an “impossibility” because his kids are “not like that of course,” but went on to imply that they have disagreements regarding how “strongly” he feels about the Trump presidency. “This guy has got to be taken seriously,” De Niro said, “and he’s got to be taken out of office.”

It’s crazy to think that Joe Pesci was this close to not being in Martin Scorsese’s
critically acclaimed movie The Irishman. Thankfully though, his persistent movie partner in crime Robert De Niro was able to convince him to be involved in the project. As a result, Joe now has a 2020 Golden Globe nomination to boast about for his portrayal of real-life mobster Russell Bufalino.

Apparently, Joe said no to being in the film around 40 times, according to what Robert told Entertainment Weekly. The Netflix project marked the first flick for Joe in nearly 10 years; he hasn’t regularly been in films since the 1990s.

“A lot of what I was saying was, ‘Come on, who knows if we’re ever going to have this chance again?’” Robert revealed to the outlet. “ ‘Let’s just do it.’ And he loves Marty and greatly respects him and knows that if he’s in Marty’s hands, it’s going to be okay.”

Why Joe was so hesitant to join remains a mystery, but Martin has some theories.

“These are individual choices and sometimes people don’t want to do something for different reasons,” Martin said. “It could be, financial issues. You could have that — I’m not saying he did, right? It could be family issues. It could be health. It could be boredom from doing a certain kind of film. Playing a certain character. Ultimately, if Bob asks enough and he pushes enough, does this makes sense? Let me put it this way: It would have to be comfortable for to make it, you know?”

Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro filming 2019’s The Irishman. Netflix

Turns out, it took years (yes, years) of persuading to get Joe to agree. Robert’s efforts were made evident in 2016, when Joe joined the actor on stage during the Guys Choice Awards to celebrate Casino being inducted into the “Guy Movie Hall of Fame.” There, Robert hinted that he was trying to get Joe to work with him again.

Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci speak on stage during the Guys Choice Awards in 2016. Michael Tran

“Casino had Sharon Stone, Jimmy Woods, and Don Rickles, and it was the last time that … Joe and I did a picture with Marty. But, hopefully that is gonna change, Joe,” Robert said addressing his friend. “Marty and I are planning to get back together for a movie I think will be a future ‘Guy Hall of Fame’ entry, that is if Joe has any more f–ks left in him. So far all he keeps saying is ‘Go f–k yourself.’”

In response, Joe said: “Thank you, Bob … I think. You insulted me just a little bit, just a little bit. It is okay, I am used to it.”

In the end, Joe finally said “yes” after Netflix decided to finance the film. Looking back, Martin knew Robert was the right person to lure Joe into the project. “Bob and Joe, they have their own language,” the famous director told EW.

Indeed, they do. Joe and Robert go way back to 1980 when they starred in their first film together, Raging Bull. Since then, they’ve gone on to become one of the most iconic acting duos of all time, also appearing together in various dramas like Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Goodfellas (1990), A Bronx Tale (1993), and The Good Shepherd (2006).

Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in Casino in 1995. Getty Images

Though The Irishman is the first time the two have worked together on a film in 13 years, it’s clear that they’re friends offscreen. Back in 2003, Joe saluted his pal in a speech for Robert’s American Film Institute Life Achievement Award.

“I owe Mr. De Niro a lot, probably a lot more than most people. He was very, very generous,” he explained while sharing a funny story about filming Goodfellas with Robert.

Joe’s story went:

“I was stabbing Frank Vincent in the trunk … and in between takes I was breathing very heavily and couldn’t wait to get back in and do it again, and uh, Bob kept looking at me, I felt this presence staring at me. And I looked at him and I said , ‘What’s the matter?’ and he said, ‘Nothing, nothing.’ I said, ‘If you don’t tell me what it is, I’m going to stab you with the knife.’ And he said, ‘I think you’re going too fast with the knife.’ He said, ‘You could never get it in and out of the ribs that quickly.'”

In 2019, Robert revealed to Seth Meyers how he helped jumpstart Joe’s career with Raging Bull.

“He was living in a treehouse,” he joked. “He was living above a restaurant in the Bronx that he worked in for Raging Bull … I saw him in a movie called the Death Collector, and I go, ‘Marty, you’ve got to see this guy,’ and blah, blah, blah … I think I met him first with the casting director, then we all went up to have dinner at the restaurant and Marty met him … and slowly, he was the one to play my brother.”

Over the years, the actors have become legends in their own right. Joe won an Oscar in 1991 for his role in Goodfellas, has been nominated for three Golden Globes, and earned one BAFTA for Raging Bull. Meanwhile, Robert is a two-time Oscar-winning actor (for Raging Bull and The Godfather: Part II), a Cecil B. DeMille Award winner, and two-time Emmy nominee.

The Irishman has five nominations at the Golden Globes this year, including Best Drama, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor.

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Actor Robert De Niro offered his latest series of scathing remarks about Donald Trump, this time saying the president needs to be “humiliated.”

De Niro spoke with documentary filmmaker Michael Moore on his new podcast, Rumble, this week, discussing how Trump’s seemingly “tough guy” persona has enabled him to steamroll over every member of the Republican Party. De Niro said he does not understand how Trump’s “scared” GOP supporters who have defended him throughout the impeachment investigation expect to one day explain their actions to their children and grandchildren.The Irishman star said that while it may be relieving to physically punch Trump in the face, as he suggested earlier this year, he thinks a humiliating event would do more to break down Trump’s oversized ego.

” will not forget what these people have done to allow this terrible situation to continue,” De Niro said of Republican supporters of Trump.

Moore asked De Niro what he would say if he ran into one of the staunch pro-Trump Republicans on the street “who just rolled over” to Trump’s every demand.

“I’d say ‘Shame on you, shame on you. What do you tell your grandkids? What do you tell them? What do you want them to read about you later on in life?’ They’re so scared, I don’t understand it.”

The two discussed the separation between De Niro the person and the mafia figures and tough guy characters he portrays in Hollywood movies. “He’s not going to Jake LaMotta these Republican guys” Moore said, referencing the late surly boxer and Bronx-born man who inspired the 1980 film Raging Bull.

De Niro explained that earlier this year when he repeatedly said “f**k ’em” about Trump and talked about punching him in the face, he actually meant that as a “figure of speech, not literally punch him in the face.”

Moore pressed him if “cathartically” it would actually feel good to punch the president in the face, which prompted a few laughs before De Niro described what he really meant.

“I’d like to see a bag of s**t right in his face. Hit him right in the face like that, and let the picture go all over the world and that would be the most humiliating thing,” the actor said.

“He needs to be humiliated,” De Niro continued. “He needs to be confronted and humiliated by whoever his opponent is, his political opponent. They have to stand up to him. They don’t have to do it in an obvious physical way, but they have to have the formidability to confront him and to put him in his place, because the people have to see that, to see him be humiliated.”

Robert De Niro said Donald Trump needs to be “humiliated.” Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Robert De Niro says he would never play Trump: ‘There’s nothing redeemable about him’

Actor Robert De Niro blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate Democrats outraise Republicans, but GOP has cash edge Comey op-ed: US democracy won’t ‘come apart’ if Trump isn’t removed from office Protesters flock to the Capitol after Senate impeachment votes MORE as a “nasty little bitch” in a new wide-ranging interview, denying that he would ever want to portray the president.

When asked about playing “inhumane” characters, the legendary actor and frequent Trump critic told The New York Times he tries to “look at it from their point of view.” But he alleged that Trump “is a person who, to me, has no morals, no ethics, no sense of right and wrong, is a dirty player.”

De Niro added that that he would not want to portray Trump in any future projects.


“I wouldn’t want to play him. He’s such an awful person. There’s nothing redeemable about him, and I never say that about any character,” De Niro said.

De Niro accused the president of having “people who follow him who are crazy and want to do crazy things.” He said his characters in films ranging from “Taxi Driver” to his new movie “The Irishman” do not necessarily set positive examples, but they are like “a dream.”

“Trump has people who follow him who are crazy and want to do crazy things. What we’re doing in film, it’s like a dream. We know it’s not real. There are people who will take anything to be real and that we have no control over,” De Niro said.


“The president is supposed to set an example of trying to do the right thing. Not be a nasty little bitch. Because that’s what he is. He’s a petulant little punk. There’s not one thing that I see in him or his family, not any redeeming qualities. They’re out on the take. It’s like a gangster family.”

He also denied that he could find “redemptive qualities” in Trump in the same way that he does with some of his iconic characters.

“There’s not one moment that Trump said: ‘I’m sorry. I realize I’ve done something that I shouldn’t have done.’ He has not one speck of redeemability in him. He’s not owed one speck of redeemability,” De Niro said.

De Niro has frequently spoken out against the president. Last month, the actor compared life for Americans during the Trump presidency to “living in an abusive household.”


Robert De Niro has expletive-laced meltdown over Trump

De Niro drops F-bombs during live interview; reaction from columnist Mark Steyn.

Actor Robert De Niro took a shot at President Trump’s children on Monday during an appearance on “The View,” saying he would disown his own kids if they behaved the way the president’s adult children act.

De Niro, who called Trump a “low life” during the interview, was asked by co-host Joy Behar about past comments he’s made regarding Trump’s kids behaving like gangsters.

“I don’t want my kids to take this the wrong way, but if my kids did what these kids did, I wouldn’t want to be related to them,” De Niro said. “I would disown them.”


De Niro said he would have a “serious talk” with his children, adding that it’s impossible for him to be in that position because his own family wouldn’t dare to misbehave.


De Niro never explained what President Trump’s children have done to offend him, or which of Trump’s children he was specifically referring to. None of the panelists asked a follow-up question related to Trump’s children and the conversation eventually pivoted to co-host Abby Huntsman declaring that “Meet the Parents” is her favorite De Niro film.

The far-left De Niro has been an outspoken critic of Trump and recently called him a “buffoon” who is going to “ruin this country.”

De Niro is rarely shy about calling out Trump during public appearances and interviews. In June 2018, he actually got the president’s attention. Trump dressed the “Raging Bull” actor down in a pair of tweets, calling him a “low IQ individual.”

“Robert De Niro, a very Low IQ individual, has received too many shots to the head by real boxers in movies,” the tweets read. “I watched him last night and truly believe he may be ‘punch-drunk.’ I guess he doesn’t realize the economy is the best it’s ever been with employment being at an all time high, and many companies pouring back into our country. Wake up Punchy!”

Fox News’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.

When Joe Pesci Gave a Five-Word Oscar Acceptance Speech

The ‘Goodfellas’ actor was brief at the 63rd Academy Awards in 1991.

Joe Pesci gave what may be the shortest acceptance speech in Oscar history when he won best supporting actor honors for his role of Tommy DeVito in 1990’s Goodfellas.

When it was time to receive his award for portraying the foul-mouthed, violent, ill-tempered mobster, Pesci, who turned 73 on Tuesday, took just a moment to collect himself before saying only five words: “It’s my privilege. Thank you.”

Although it was nominated for six Oscars, including best picture and best director, Pesci’s was the only win for Goodfellas.

It was also in that role of Tommy that Pesci gave one of the most memorable lines in movie history: “Funny how? I mean, funny like I’m a clown? I amuse you? I make you laugh?”

Friend and fellow actor Daniel Stern recalled to The Hollywood Reporter that Pesci was one of the most talented actors ever on screen, pointing out that in the same year he won the Oscar for playing the f-bomb-dropping, murderous gangster, Pesci also starred alongside Stern in the family comedy Home Alone. In that holiday classic — one of the highest-grossing comedies of all time — Pesci would speak in mumbling rants when in pain, a trick the actor and director Chris Columbus came up with so the otherwise tough-guy actor wouldn’t accidentally cuss.

“The Irishman” co-stars Al Pacino and Joe Pesci are up for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars, but this is not the first time the duo has gone head to head. They last clashed 29 years ago in the same category, and one came out on top.

Pesci prevailed for his iconic role as Tommy DeVito in “Goodfellas” (1990), defeating Pacino (“Dick Tracy”), Bruce Davison (“Longtime Companion”), Andy Garcia (“The Godfather Part III”) and Graham Greene (“Dances with Wolves”). And who can forget his equally iconic speech (watch above): “It was my privilege. Thank you.” Brevity is the soul of wit and acceptance speeches (see also: Merritt Wever‘s 2013 Emmy speech).

This was Pesci’s second and most recent nomination until now. Pacino was on his sixth bid and seeking his first win, which would come two years later in the lead category for 1922’s “Scent of a Woman” (he was also nominated in supporting that year for “Glengarry Glen Ross”). Pacino also hadn’t been nominated since his long-awaited victory.

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Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”) looks like stone-cold lock in supporting actor this year after taking the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice and Screen Actors Guild Awards, but if Pesci, who’s in second in our odds, pulls off an upset, this would be the fifth time one actor has defeated another actor twice. The first four are:

1. Irene Dunne lost Best Actress for “Theodora Goes Wild” (1936) and “The Awful Truth” (1937) to Luise Rainer for “The Great Ziegfeld” (1936) and “The Good Earth” (1937)

2. Charles Boyer lost Best Actor for “Conquest” (1937) and “Algiers” (1938) to Spencer Tracy for “Captains Courageous” (1937) and “Boys Town” (1938)

3. Basil Rathbone lost Best Supporting Actor for “Romeo and Juliet” (1936) and “If I Were King” (1938) to Walter Brennan for “Come and Get It” (1936) and “Kentucky” (1938)

4. Annette Bening lost Best Actress for “American Beauty” (1999) and “Being Julia” (2004) to Hilary Swank for “Boys Don’t Cry” (1999) and “Million Dollar Baby” (2004)

Pacino is in third place in our odds, followed by Tom Hanks (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”) and Anthony Hopkins (“The Two Popes”).

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But would we get another speechless Pesci speech? Probably not. The actor has long eschewed public events since his retirement 21 years ago and hasn’t attended any of the major awards ceremonies this season so far. He did show up to the New York Film Critics Circle Awards earlier this month to accept his supporting actor prize, bringing “Irishman” director Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro onstage for help because he’s “really terrible at this stuff.” De Niro quipped: “That’s him saying thank you.”

If he somehow does attend and win the Oscar, he should just say this.

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The Joe Pesci Show was a sketch that occurred throughout the 1990s. Jim Breuer played the title character, in which Italian accordian music would often start and end the sketch, the Pesci would be seen cheerfully remarking “Hey everyone. I’m Joe Pesci!”, and then he say any sentence as long it has “I got”. For instance “I got a band, I got my friends here and I got my own talk show!”. At the end he would be happy to say “I got everything!” as loud he will just say it. He would often be accompanied by his friend Robert De Niro, who would often be played by the host for the episode. They were Alec Baldwin and John Goodman. Colin Quinn was the only castmember to play De Niro on the 7th sketch. Breuer as Pesci was in all eight episodes on the sketch.

The skit was not so much a spoof of Pesci as it was of Nicky Santoro and Tommy DeVito, his respective characters from the films Casino and Goodfellas. When a guest came on, Pesci would somehow be insulted then proceed to brutally attack the person. Prior to the attack, Pesci would make a statement that he was insulted, then ask De Niro, who often said “I heard tings”, prompting Pesci to lose his temper and engage in assault. Pesci did seem to be more lenient to guests whom like him were of Italian blood, although he could still be insulting.

There were a few guests who were notable exceptions to this fate. The first sketch featured Anthony Edwards as Macaulay Culkin, Pesci’s co-star in Home Alone. Pesci hit him on the head with a paint can as he was angered by the fact people laughed at Macaulay Culkin doing it to Pesci. On one episode hosted by Jim Carrey, Carrey played legendary actor James Stewart, while regular cast member Mark McKinney once again played Carrey for the last and second time. Pesci and Stewart teamed up to beat up Carrey, with Stewart going on to beat up Pesci himself. Phil Hartman once again host the show in 1996 and once again reprised his role as Frank Sinatra. While Sinatra was still in his evil ways, he and Pesci were talking about his shine box and at the end Joe got out of control and his bodyguards came to the rescue and punched Pesci so he could stop being crazy from Sinatra’s evil personality.

One episode featuring then Mayor Rudy Giuliani was about to get beaten when his security detail grabs Pesci, then Giuliani grabs a Stickball stick and proceeded to hit Pesci while the Mayor said these hits were for Good Fellas and Casino and stomped on him for Going Fishing. Pesci also spares actors who, like him, are of Italian ancestry and who came to prominence in films about the Sicilian Mafia. However, while Italian-Americans were often spared physical assault, Pesci may make disparaging remarks, such as when he had his My Cousin Vinny costar Marisa Tomei, Pesci mentions her Academy Award and comments that it must have been quid pro quo (“Whose Joe did you DiMaggio to win that?”), prompting an angry Tomei to state she won it fair and square and storm off the set.

Kevin Spacey appeared as Al Pacino on one episode, in which the two of them team up against Rodney Dangerfield (portrayed by Darrell Hammond). Alec Baldwin, John Goodman and Colin Quinn made appearances as Robert De Niro, though he is reduced to monosyllabic responses to Pesci’s prompts: his lines are usually “I heard some things” (a line from Oscar winner “Raging Bull”, the first movie to star both De Niro and Pesci), and “Li’l bit” (a shortened version of a line from Goodfellas (where De Niro accuses another mobster of being a “little bit out of line” for insulting Pesci’s character), another film starring the two actors).

The real Pesci and De Niro surprisingly appeared on one episode, criticizing Breuer for playing caricatures of their film characters. Quinn suddenly says he is not De Niro, but “Colin Quinn from Remote Control.” Breuer’s and Quinn’s weak defense of themselves insults Pesci, who asks De Niro if they were just insulted, to which De Niro responds, “I heard things.” The two of them then proceed to beat up Breuer and Quinn.

A cel-shaded rendering of an episode of The Joe Pesci Show appears in a scene of the movie Waking Life where the television is scanning through several channels.


  • December 2, 1995 – Anthony Edwards as Macaulay Culkin
  • January 20, 1996 – Alec Baldwin as Robert De Niro
  • March 16, 1996 – John Goodman as Robert De Niro
  • May 18, 1996 – Jim Carrey as Jimmy Stewart
  • November 23, 1996 – Phil Hartman as Frank Sinatra
  • January 11, 1997 – Kevin Spacey as Al Pacino
  • April 12, 1997 – Pesci and De Niro as themselves and Rob Lowe as Eric Roberts
  • November 22, 1997 – Rudy Giuliani as himself.

Roles by SNL CastmembersEdit

  • Jim Breuer as Joe Pesci
  • Will Ferrell as Spider
  • Darrell Hammond as Richard Dreyfuss and Rodney Dangerfield
  • Chris Kattan as David Spade
  • Mark McKinney as Mel Gibson and Jim Carrey
  • Tim Meadows as Danny Glover, Michael Jackson and Dennis Rodman
  • Tracy Morgan as Marion Barry
  • Cheri Oteri as Marisa Tomei
  • Colin Quinn as Robert De Niro
  • Molly Shannon as Debbie Rowe
  • David Spade as Brad Pitt
  • Nancy Walls as Sharon Stone

The Joe Pesci Film That Caught Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese’s Attention

Considering how young Joe Pesci started in show business, it’s safe to say it took a long time for him to arrive in Hollywood. By the time he landed his first major film role (in Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull), Pesci was already in his late 30s. When his won his Oscar in 1991, he’d just turned 48.

Indeed, by then he’d lived several lives in the entertainment business. After starting out as a child actor, he helped Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons get together in the ’50s. The following decade, he played guitar in the band in which Jimi Hendrix later got his start.

In the ’70s, he and mob-movie great Frank Vincent toured with a comedy duo called Vincent & Pesci. (Look for their classic “Little People Blues” on vinyl.) When the act split up, Pesci and his partner tried to break into acting.

It didn’t exactly work. After they appeared in 1976’s Family Enforcer (aka Death Collector), both performers doubted they had a chance in Hollywood. But Pesci got the ultimate break when Robert De Niro saw that B-movie prior to making Raging Bull.

De Niro suggested Pesci to Scorsese after seeing ‘Death Collector’

Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel attend premiere of “The Irishman,” September 27, 2019. | Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

In a classic New York Times profile (“Frank Vincent’s Two-Limo Night“), we learn that De Niro learned about both Pesci and Vincent from Death Collector. The film, which you can watch for free on YouTube, is about as strong as its copyright protections.

But Pesci likely considers it the part of a lifetime. After all, it’s the film that made De Niro take notice of his ability. That led to the audition for Raging Bull. When Pesci recommended Vincent for another part in the film, the old partners auditioned for both De Niro and Scorsese.

Both got the parts they’d auditioned for, with Pesci playing the brother of Jake La Motta (De Niro). Prior to that job, Pesci had been working in a New York restaurant. But his life soon changed.

After getting an Oscar nomination and winning several awards on the circuit in 1981, Pesci landed another major part in Once Upon a Time in America (1984). From there, was primed for the role of his career.

Pesci had to talk Scorsese into giving him the ‘Goodfellas’ role

Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese attend Film Society of Lincoln Center’s tribute to Martin Scorsese, May 1998. | The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images

Though having Pesci play the role of Tommy De Vito in Goodfellas seems like a lock in hindsight, Scorsese almost used a younger actor in the part. (He considered giving Pesci the role of the boss, played by Paul Sorvino.)

But Pesci convinced Scorsese he could play younger by having a makeup artist get him ready. Scorsese agreed, and the rest is history as far as Pesci’s career is concerned. After his Oscar win, he became a huge star, and he only stopped working when he walked away from Hollywood.

If you’ve seen Pesci in The Irishman (2019), you know you haven’t heard the last of him. It would be a surprise if the Academy left him off its shortlist for Best Supporting Actor. Forty-three years after Death Collector, it’s another big Joe Pesci moment in time.

Also see: The Beatles Songs Joe Pesci Covered on His 1st Album

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