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Brian De Palma has a talent for spotting talent: with films like 'Scarface', 'Carrie', and 'Bonfire of the Vanities' under his belt, he's proven that he knows what audiences are looking for.
But you may not be aware of one of his earliest discoveries: he cast a very young Robert De Niro in his first acting role.
Brian's new film 'Passion' stars Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace will hit theatres in August. It's a loose remake of Alain Corneau's french film 'Love Crimes'.
In this clip, Brian talks about...
His film 'The Wedding Party'
GS: The Wedding Party, 1963, Robert De Niro, 20 years old in that. Is that his first film?
BDP: yes, that was his first film
GS: When you saw him did you know that there is something special there?
BDP: He came in to an audition. We were in a loft in the Village and we put an ad in the Village Voice and we were just seeing one actor after another then this sort of timid kid came in, the last one in. We had him do a little improvisation and we thought 'this kid is pretty good' and he said ok there's something I've been preparing in my class can I show it to you. The kids had the part, you know. So he goes outside and we're sititng around and it's like 5, 10 15 [minutes], we figured he had gone home and then he came in a did this incredible scene from 'The Strike', the Clifford Odets play about the taxi strike . He was ranting and raving and [yells] and you think, holy mackerel. That's Bob De Niro.