Saturday 16 December 2017

Sarah Caden: Feted De Niro acting badly is no surprise

Goodfella's bad behaviour is hardly breaking news to Sarah Caden, whose years at movie junkets yielded little by way of star quality

Anne Hathaway, left, and Robert De Niro attend the premiere of
Anne Hathaway, left, and Robert De Niro attend the premiere of "The Intern" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Laurence Olivier

Sarah Caden

The biggest mistake Robert De Niro made last week, when he walked out of an interview with UK journalist Emma Brockes, was that he didn't just immediately walk out.

If he had done just that, taken offence at her relatively inoffensive questioning and walked out the door, that would have been it. Instead, however, De Niro hovered at the door - seeming to need an assistant to come and save him - bickering with Brockes about her "negative inference". And thus giving her hundreds of words of copy.

"At least," Brockes admitted to thinking as they bickered, "he was finally saying something." And, perhaps, actually revealing something real of himself, which is interesting if not exactly pleasant.

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