Robert De Niro tells NYU grads: ‘You’re f—ed’

25 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘You’re f—–‘: Robert De Niro gives amazing speech to NYU art school grads, warns them to be ready for ‘a lifetime of rejection’.

Robert De Niro had a very special message for the 2015 graduating class of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts when he said, “You made it, and you’re f—ed.” “The graduates from the college of nursing, they all have jobs,” the actor said during his commencement address. “The proud graduates of the NY school of law, they’re covered. And, you’re f–ked.” The tough-guy actor — best known for his roles in “The Godfather: Part II” and “Goodfellas” — delivered his harsh verdict to an audience of aspiring actors, writers, directors and others who majored in the arts, saying their futures are far from a sure thing. “When you feel that you can’t fight it, you just go for it. So will the law school grads and if they don’t “who cares, they’re lawyers,” he said. “Teachers, they’ll be working, s—– jobs and lousy pay, but they will be working.” De Niro said he heard “Valium and Vicodin” are good at easing the pain of rejection. In a hilarious and very blunt commencement speech on Friday, May 22, Oscar winner told the crowd that, well, they are basically “f–ed” when it comes to the future. “You discovered a talent, developed an ambition and recognized your passion.

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. You know it going in to art school.” “It was right at the beginning — first line,” said Maria Jensen, 54, who is from Mount Bethel, Pa. “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! Without the pain, what would be talk about?” The Oscar winner then advised students to collaborate with their fellow artists and seek compromise when their idea for a character differs from the director’s. “There always should be space to try it both ways,” he said.

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.

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