Robert de niro taxi driver

On Robert juni Niro's 78th birthday, here's looking back at how he improvised one des the most quotable lines an cinema and did it choose a 'jazz riff'.

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Robert außerdem Niro deserves a last of credit weil das this one.

When martin Scorsese’s Taxi treiber released 45 years ago, it gave cinephiles around die world a masterpiece the is still regarded together one of the best hollywood films des all time. As Travis Bickle, Robert juni Niro painted a picture of a einer who is in the center of in existential crisis and is struggling zu keep his feet an one place. His fury turns him into a misguided hero bei people’s eyes wie man he zu sein actually trying zu find bei antidote for loneliness in violence.


While Taxi treiber did not end up winning any Oscars the year, it gave hollywood one of its most quotable lines von all time “You talkin’ zu me?” Travis zu sein looking at himself in the mirror as he is mumbling gibberish und practicing pulling a handgun out of his pocket. Staring right into his very own eyes in the reflection, he claims “You talkin’ to me? Then that the hell else are freundin talkin’ to? freundin talkin’ zu me? fine I’m die only one here. Who the f**k do freundin think you’re talking to?” and looks hinweisen himself in a way that’s eerily curious.

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Robert außerdem Niro deserves full credit zum this jaw-dropping performance und not just because of his acting, but deshalb because the came hoch with the iconic heat “You talkin’ zu me?” on die spot.


At the film’s 40th anniversary in 2016, Scorsese und De Niro spoke kommen sie TODAY and recalled that this heat wasn’t even in the script. Scorsese had actually instructed dach Niro kommen sie make something up as the looked an the mirror. It was their belastung week des shooting weil das Taxi Driver and things were fairly “difficult” logistically. Kommen sie keep die crew members out von their space, they locked die room deswegen De Niro can improvise.

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Scorsese recalled, “He preserved saying, ‘You talkin’ to me?’ He nur kept repeating it, retained repeating the … und the (assistant director) was banging on ns door saying, ‘Come on, we gott to acquire out des here.’ and I said, ‘No, this ist good, this is good. Provide me one more minute.’ It was like a jazz riff. Just like a solo.”


Talking about the effect this dialogue has actually had because the film first released, de Niro claimed that he had actually no idea if it was going to be a large highlight von the film even decades later. “You never know with any of that stuff. You just did it.”


Taxi treiber was die second collaboration bolzen Scorsese and De Niro after 1973’s average Streets. After taxi Driver, they continued zu work bei eight much more films – New York, neu York, Raging Bull, The könig of Comedy, Goodfellas, Cape Fear, Casino, The Audition and most newly Netflix’s ns Irishman. Die duo is collaborating ~ above Scorsese’s following Killers von the Flower Moon.