Robert De Niro, King of Actors
"Are you talkin' to me? Are you talkin' to me?" an angry young man with an intense1 expression says to himself in a mirror. Suddenly, he points a pair of guns at his reflection. Meet Travis Bickle--the disturbed ex-soldier played by actor Robert De Niro in the 1976 film Taxi Driver.
De Niro is legendary for his extremely realistic2 performances, especially of anti-heroes. Somewhere between a hero and a villain,3 anti-heroes show us the dark side of human nature. Using his amazing talents, De Niro helps us relate to the anti-hero's heroic honesty, passion, or dark charm. De Niro's performances as the dangerous, anti-social, man-on-the-edge are intense and, at times, frightening. But this tough4 guy comes from a surprisingly mild5 background.
Born in 1943 and raised in New York's Little Italy, the young De Niro was called "Bobby Milk" for his shyness and pale skin. As both his parents were artists, it was natural for him to overcome6 his shyness through art. His first performance was as the timid lion in a play of The Wizard of Oz.
1. intense adj. showing very strong emotions 极度的
Many women find Ron's intense eyes very attractive.
2. realistic adj. seeming very real 写实的
In this realistic painting, the ocean waves look like they're actually moving!
3. villain n. a very evil person 坏人；反派
The villain in the novel seems kind, but he's actually a killer.
4. tough adj. strong; able to fight 强悍的
Danny was weak as a teenager, but four years in the army made him tough.
5. mild adj. gentle 温和的
Jean is normally very mild, but she yelled at me today.
6. overcome v. to successfully handle a problem 克服
Flora was a lot happier after she overcame her fear of meeting new people.