Robert De Niro Gives Epic NYU Graduation Speech

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Robert De Niro Gives Outstanding Advice During NYU Commencement Speech: ”You’re F–ked,” but That’s OK!.

Robert De Niro gave a hilarious and very blunt commencement speech to New York University grad students on Friday, May 22 Credit: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer The 2015 graduating class of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts need all the luck they can get. The actor, director, and producer—whose film credits include Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, The Godfather: Part II, and Bang the Drum Slowly—delivered their commencement speech on Friday (May 22.) When it comes to the arts, passion should always trump commonsense.

De Niro wasn’t trying to be harsh, just painfully honest in his address to the crowd of aspiring actors, dancers, writers, directors, photographers, and filmmakers. He reminded the graduates of the difficulties they would face in finding a job, compared to their friends in the nursing, dentistry and medicine schools. “A new door is opening for you, a door to a lifetime of rejection. The star, who was recently deemed to be the best actor of all time, was delivering a seemingly harsh reality check to students, pointing out that the accountants and medical students from the uni were going to walk into jobs. You aren’t just following dreams, you’re reaching for your destiny.” “Now that you’ve made your choice—or, rather, succumbed to it—your path is clear,” he continued. “Not easy, but clear. I hear that Valium and Vicodin work.” But the actor, who did not go to university, praised the graduates for pursuing a career out of passion and said: “You discovered a talent, developed an ambition and recognised your passion.

De Niro, after making his way through the formalities of such a speech, began with a simple statement: “Tisch graduates, you made it,” De Niro began. “And, you’re f–ked.” De Niro then listed how the graduates from the many other schools that make up NYU will be secure in their post-collegiate job hunt (“The English majors are not a factor”). The good news is that’s not a bad place to start.” The Hands of Stone actor went on to explain that a lot of rejection is up ahead, but quitting isn’t an option. “You have to keep working, it’s that simple,” he said. “Rejection might sting, but my feeling is that often, it has very little to do with you. Maria Jenson, a parent of one of the graduates, told the New York Daily News: “You don’t really want to use the F-bomb in front of thousands of people. When you’re auditioning or pitching, the director or producer or investor may have someone different in mind, that’s just how it is.” He joked: “That happened recently when I was auditioning for the role of Martin Luther King in Selma! Despite believing they will never “get straight A’s again,” he encouraged all to keep in touch with their peers. “Treasure the associations and friendships and working relationships with the people in your classes and your easily work.

It seems the director is always right.” “You’re not responsible for the entire job, but your part in it,” he added. “You will put your everything into everything you do. You’ll feel it when doors close on you while you’re trying to get attention for something you’ve written or when you’re looking for a directing or choreography job. He may have intended to watch more than two of the movies (he at one point during the night revealed he had read the first four books but stopped when the movies came out), but ultimately gave in to the need to sleep.

Khloé Kardashian and former Lakers player were spotted arriving separately for a late dinner date together at Casa Vega in Sherman Oaks, Calif., last night around 11:45 p.m. (gotta love that fourth meal), and were reportedly dining at the popular Mexican restaurant until 1:30 a.m. Their outing instantly sparks questions as to whether or not there’s a romantic relationship brewing between the two stars, but when asked if the twosome are dating by a paparazzo, Fox responded, “Khloé’s a good friend.” The 30-year-old E! star has famously been on-and-off with rapper French Montana following her highly publicized divorce to fellow former Laker player Lamar Odom. In fact, she said, she finds it “awkward” when people ask about the status of their romance. “I don’t know what to say any more, because people go up and down in relationships.

Though I would make an exception for having a couple of drinks if hypothetically you had to speak to a thousand graduates and their families at a commencement ceremony. The first thing they said is, “Keep it short,” and they said, “It’s OK to give a little advice, it’s kind of expected, and no one will mind.” And then they said to keep it short. It’s difficult for me to come with advice for you who have already set upon your life’s work, but I can tell you some other things I tell my own children.

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