He’s a two-time Academy Award winner who has appeared in more than 95 films alongside Hollywood’s most talented actresses, so any form of praise from Robert De Niro speaks volumes.
And in filming “The Intern” with Anne Hathaway, the veteran actor found a formidable costar.
“She’s great, She’s terrific,” he gushes to Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show.” “It was a long shoot and a difficult one, but worth every bit of time.”
The comedy sees him as a senior intern at online fashion website, whose wisdom and life experience makes him Mr. Popular among his cohorts, including his boss, played by Hathaway.
For De Niro, staying busy and employed in his senior years is something that he shares with his character, whom he describes as happy to be “wanted, needed, appreciated, have a job.”
“I’m retired, so therefore I have to create new things to do,” he says of the character, “and there’s plenty to do in a certain sense, but in another, there’s not anything to do. So, he’s very happy to get involved with these young people who start this startup—it’s very successful.”
Looking ahead, De Niro has a project on Bernie Madoff on HBO, and he’s working on a Martin Scorsese film called “The Irishman” with Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.
The Intern opens on Sept. 25.
Click here to watch “The Tonight Show” segment featuring Robert De Niro.