The View: Robert De Niro The Big Wedding & Comedy Vs Drama Roles


The View: Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro may be known for his dramatic roles, but he also has some serious comedy chops, as seen in the new movie The Big Wedding, whose all-star cast includes Diane Keaton, Topher Grace, and Susan Sarandon. De Niro, who is friends with Whoopi Goldberg, took a seat on The View couch.

The View: Robert De Niro Comedy Roles

In The Big Wedding, De Niro and Keaton’s characters, a former couple, pretend to be together again for a family gathering. Goldberg wondered whether De Niro is more focused on comedy these days.


The View: Robert De Niro The Big Wedding & Comedy Vs Drama Roles

From The Big Wedding, Robert De Niro talked about comedy versus drama roles, his collaborations with Martin Scorsese, and the Tribeca Film Festival. (betto rodrigues /

He said that he has to choose “either to kill people or be a comic,” saying they are both challenging. “Some comedy is harder. There’s certain kinds of comedy that I couldn’t do,” he said.

Silver Linings Playbook was more of a dramedy (drama-comedy), whereas The Big Wedding and Meet The Parents are more classic straight comedies. De Niro thinks that comedy grounded in reality is “more satisfying.”


The Big Wedding opened in theaters on April 26 2013. Do you prefer De Niro in dramatic or comedic roles? Tell me in the comments.

The View: Tribeca Film Festival

De Niro also launched the Tribeca Film Festival in 2002, which has grown to 1500 films, including a Whoopi Goldberg documentary on groundbreaking comic Moms Mabley.

“We just took it one year at a time,” he said of the festival’s beginnings. It has grown big and popular in a very short period of time. “I would like that it would be part of the tradition of New York. It goes on for a long, long, long time.”

The View: Robert De Niro The King of Comedy

Goldberg asked De Niro about the movie The King of Comedy, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Jerry Lewis, along with Robert.

“If I was at a roast, I could have some fun with Jerry,” he said. “It was a movie that I wanted to do,” which was written by a film critic. “It was an interesting experience.”

A clip from The King of Comedy showed a very young De Niro, which was amazing to see. Can you believe he has been acting for so long?

The View: Robert De Niro On Critics

De Niro has been in over 90 minutes, and may one day watch his entire body of work.

“I would like to do that one day. It will take a bit of time,” he said. But he wanted to look back and get a perspective on his career, and whether he stands by the choices he has made in his performances. “I don’t know if I will, but I’d like to think that I would one day.”

As for negative reviews, he does sometimes get upset. They are just as likely to make him laugh, though. “Critics, if they’re good, they’re the only people who will tell you the absolute truth,” De Niro said.

The View: The Godfather Part II

De Niro got his first Oscar for his 1974 role as Vito in The Godfather Part II. The View looked back on a clip from that famous film, and the dialogue was all subtitled. Sherri Shepherd asked about the challenge of learning Sicilian.

He said that the accents vary from village to village, so he had to pick one dialect and work from there in learning the phonetics of the language.

The View: Robert De Niro & Martin Scorsese

De Niro and Scorsese have made eight films together, and they are embarking on another project: The Irishman, with Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.

Robert said that he has a great working relationship with Scorsese. “He’s a director that knows very clearly what he wants,” he said, though the director is receptive to suggestions from actors on the set.


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