Robert De Niro on new comedy 'War With Grandpa' and why he never wants to retire: 'I'll go as long as a I can'
Legendary cinematic tough guy Robert De Niro, who has played uncompromising characters in classics like Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and Cape Fear throughout his career, isn't slowing down anytime soon - though some of his latest AARP-eligible movie titles might imply so.
Following on from 2016's Dirty Grandpa, the 77-year-old icon's new comedy The War With Grandpa is his second presidential film where he plays a titular grandparent.
"I always say next is grandfathers, then great-grandfathers, then great-great-grandfathers, so who knows," De Niro told Yahoo Entertainment when asked if fans will have to retire him at some point (see above). "I'll go as long as I can."
In The War With Grandpa, De Niro plays a widower and lively pensioner who moves into his daughter's family home and has a merciless prank fight with his grandson (Oakes Fegley) after he co-opted his room.
The film, shot in 2017 but long delayed after being sold by its troubled original distributor, The Weinstein Company's Dimension Films, follows a banner year for De Niro, who starred in two films in 2019 that were nominated for Oscar's best picture : Joker and The Irishman.
Robert De Niro in "The War With Grandpa" (101 Studios)
"The projects are different, but for me they are all good in different ways," says De Niro. "This project is fun. In some ways it's easy, in others it's not. You have to have a certain timing, no matter what. But I had a good time."
So do his colleagues, including Fegley, Laura Marano, Cheech Marin and Jane Seymour.
Playing De Niro's granddaughter "was just a dream come true and also very intimidating," says Marano (The Perfect Date, Austin & Ally).
"It's like being invited to a session with the Beatles," adds Marin (from Cheech and Chong) of the film's star cast, which also includes Christopher Walken, Uma Thurman and Rob Riggle. "Anyone can play and all they have to do is listen to what they do and jump right in."
"I was just thrilled to be in a movie with Robert De Niro and I'm not getting beaten up."
The war with Grandpa opens in cinemas on Friday.
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