Mandatory Credit: Photo by Variety/Shutterstock (10540138q) Robert De Niro 'The Irishman' Variety Film Screening Series, Los Angeles, USA - 26 Jan 2020

Is Robert De Niro “The best actor in the world”?

Quentin Tarantino has named Robert De Niro the best actor in the world, but is he?

In an article in Far Out magazine, Calum Russell describes Tarantino as an icon of cinema and style, possibly the most influential director of the 21st century. Adding that his reign of cult cinema began in the early 1990s and continues to this day. 

Therefore, he should know. Especially because he has worked with some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed actors, including Leonardo DiCaprio, John Travolta, Samuel L.Jackson, Brad Pitt and Uma Thurman.

Speaking in an interview with Charlie Rose upon the release of his 1997 film Jackie Brown, Tarantino stated, “He deserves his reputation as probably the greatest actor of his generation”. Continuing, he comments, “I think he is the best actor in the world. I’ve never seen an actor so completely consume himself in character, in true character work during the work. And what I mean by that is when Robert is playing Louis…he is working moment to moment”.

De Niro has that down. He is so in character,” the director concludes, completing his shining speech about the great American actor. Perhaps better known for working with Martin Scorsese on Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Mean Streets, Robert De Niro’s performance in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown ranks among the best of his glowing career. 

Russell writes that Tarantino’s cinematic approach features sharp, snappy dialogue, cinematic vigour and eccentric characterisation, bringing some of the silver screen’s most prominent personalities to light, all of whom revel in his ingenious storytelling tactics and pervasive violence.

The cast of Jackie Brown includes Pam Grier, Michael Keaton, Chris Tucker and Robert De Niro.

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