Robert De Niro has been hit with a $12 million lawsuit accusing him of sexist workplace behavior via Variety. The lawsuit was filed by De Niro’s former employee Graham Chase Robinson, who was the vice president of production and finance at Canal Productions in 2017. De Niro filed a $6 million lawsuit against Robinson in August claiming she embezzled money from the company and binge-watched Netflix while on the job. De Niro’s lawsuit gained attention for one accusation claiming Robinson spent four days watching “Friends” instead of working.
Robinson’s $12 million lawsuit against De Niro claims the actor is “someone who has clung to old mores. He does not accept the idea that men should treat women as equals. He does not care that gender discrimination in the workplace violates the law. Ms. Robinson is a casuy of this attitude.”
The lawsuit alleges that “sexism and sex stereotyping were commonplace” in De Niro’s production office. De Niro allegedly used derogatory words such as “bitch” and “c-nt” when addressing Robinson and looked away when Robinson was spanked on the butt by a fellow employee. Robinson’s lawsuit also states that De Niro requested she “scratch his back, button his shirts, fix his collars, tie his ties, and prod him awake when he was in bed.”
“De Niro took a page out of the Bill O'Reilly playbook,” the lawsuit states. “Before Ms. Robinson could sue, De Niro retaliated. He had Canal sue Ms. Robinson in New York County Supreme Court and ensured that the suit would be widely publicized. The lawsuit is replete with 'clickbait' allegations that falsely characterize Ms. Robinson as a loafer, a thief, and a miscreant. Now, when her name is Googled, these allegations pop up on the screen. The results have been devastating to Ms. Robinson. Her reputation and her career have been destroyed.”
The lawsuit against De Niro arrives just ahead of the nationwide theatrical release of the actor’s new film “Joker.” Warner Bros. is opening the movie in theaters October 4. Later this fall, Netflix will release De Niro’s other high profile drama “The Irishman,” directed by Martin Scrosese. IndieWire has reached out to De Niro’s representatives for further comment.
In a new interview with Variety, Robert De Niro takes a stand against claims that movies cause moviegoers to commit acts of violence. The Oscar-winning actor was responding to comments made by Donald Trump, who came forward following the 2018 Parkland school shooting to blame media such as movies and video games for inciting violence in teenagers. De Niro is one of Trump’s biggest critics in Hollywood and has often used press appearances to slam the president.
Variety reporter Brett Lang writes that Trump’s comments on movies causing violence “provokes De Niro to almost Jake LaMotta levels of intensity,” referencing the actor’s role in Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull.” De Niro goes on to say, “This is absolute nonsense. It's bullshit.”
“This guy is afraid to defy the NRA,” De Niro continues. “He calls Washington a swamp because all he knows is a swamp. He's a classic hustler and a scam artist. He has no morals. No ethics. If people don't wake up and he gets reelected, it's going to be very, very bad. Anybody who feels that way should say it. If you wait to say something, before you know it the dictators and despots come to power.”
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In 2018 Trump said, “We have to look at the internet because a lot of bad things are happening to young kids and young minds and their minds are being formed, and we have to do something about maybe what they’re seeing and how they’re seeing it. And also video games. I’m hearing more and more people say the level of violence in video games is really shaping young people’s thoughts. And you go one further step and that’s the movies. Maybe they have to put a rating system for that.”
De Niro stars in the upcoming “Joker,” which for weeks has launched a national conversation about the capacity for movies to incite violence. The actor is no stranger to such accusations, as Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver” became the center of similar claims in the 1970s. De Niro is the latest “Joker” talent to deny movies cause violence. Joaquin Phoenix, who plays the title character, told IGN this month that anything can be the stimulus for someone to become violent, so to not make films that ask provocative questions is pointless.
“The truth is you don't know what is going to be the fuel for somebody,” Phoenix said. “And it might very well be your question. It might be this moment, right? But you can't function in life saying, 'Well, I can't ask that question for the small chance that somebody might be affected by [it].' I wouldn't ask you to do that.”
“Joker” opens in theaters nationwide this Friday, October 4 from Warner Bros.
Robert De Niro and Al Pacino have appeared in the same film four times: The Godfather: Part II, Heat, Righteous Kill, and The Irishman. One of these things is not like the other. The Godfather: Part II is maybe the greatest sequel ever; Heat is a masterpiece; The Irishman is “phenomenal”; Righteous Kill is a generic cop thriller from the guy who directed Fried Green Tomatoes that also stars 50 Cent. Robert Duvall, he’s not. It’s also not a good movie 18 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, as De Niro realized at the time.
During Righteous Kill‘s Italian premiere in 2008, De Niro felt guilty about the swelling crowd that was there to see him and Pacino, two of the finest actors of their generation. As Variety put it in a new profile, “De Niro turned to his co-star, Al Pacino, and expressed regret that all these people were here to celebrate a movie that was little more than a standard-issue cop thriller, one that blistered rather than burnished their legacies.” He told Pacino, “This is a great reaction, but it would be nice if they were here for a movie that we really feel proud about. Next time we’ll do one we like.” That would be The Irishman. Working with your ol’ buddy Marty Scorsese? Not a bad fallback option:
“Throughout our whole careers, we were always up for the same parts,” says Pacino. De Niro admits that the search for roles, as well as the jockeying for the hearts of critics and audiences, colored their professional relationship at points. “We felt competitive as actors,” he says.
No offense to De Niro, but only Mr. Pacino could pull off the Dunkin’ Donuts rap from Jack & Jill. I’m not saying he was robbed for an Academy Award, but he should have at least won Best Totally Dope Rap at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, or something.
'The Irishman' —De Niro's ninth collaboration with Martin Scorsese —closes the festival.
With The Irishman set to close the BFI London Film Festival, its star Robert De Niro has now joined the event's growing lineup of on-stage interviews.
De Niro — celebrating his ninth film with Martin Scorsese in Netflix's much-hyped gangster thriller — will discuss a career spanning more than four decades and collaborations with the likes ofSergio Leone, Michael Mann, Penny Marshall, Brian De Palma, Terry Gilliam, Nancy Meyers, James Mangold, Harold Ramis, Michael Caton-Jones, David O. Russell and Tony Scott.
The London Film Festival's Screen Talk program for 2019 also includesMichael B. Jordan, Kim Longinotto, Lukas Moodysson, Rian Johnson and Céline Sciamma.
The festival kicks off Oct. 2 with Armando Iannucci's The Personal History of David Copperfield.
Much of the buzz around Martin Scorsese’s upcoming gangster epic “The Irishman” centers around the de-aging visual effects that are being used to make actors like Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci appear decades younger. De Niro stars as the main character of “The Irishman” and appears at various ages throughout the feature, both young and old. Netflix’s first “Irishman” trailer concluded with a first look at de-aged De Niro, but now the streaming giant has unveiled four photos from the movie that more fully show off the complete transformation of De Niro across decades.
“The Irishman” is based on Charles Brandt's book “I Heard You Paint Houses.” De Niro stars as Frank Sheeran, a World War II veteran who became a mob hitman and allegedly played a role in Jimmy Hoffa's death. Pacino is starring as the notorious mob-connected union boss Hoffa. The supporting cast includes Harvey Keitel, Ray Romano, and Anna Paquin. The film marks a reunion between Scorsese, De Niro, and Pesci following “Goodfellas” for which Pesci won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar and “Casino.” Pacino has never worked with Scorsese until now.
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The movie’s extensive de-aging VFX are responsible for driving up the budget to a reported $160 million. The effects are also why Scorsese was involved in a lengthy post-production process. Scorsese revealed in May that getting the actors’ eyes just right using the VFX technology proved particularly challenging.
“Why I'm concerned, we're all concerned is that we're so used to watching them as the older faces,” Scorsese said on an A24 podcast. “When we put them all together, it cuts back and forth. … Now, it's real. Now, I'm seeing it. Now, certain shots need more work on the eyes, need more work on why these exactly the same eyes from the plate shot, but the wrinkles and things have changed. Does it change the eyes at all? If that's the case, what was in the eyes that I liked? Was it intensity? Was it gravitas? Was it threat?”
Netflix is releasing “The Irishman” in select theaters beginning November 1. The movie will become available to stream November 27. Check out De Niro’s complete transformation in the first look photos below.
Today, in unlikely celebrity feuds, we have Mickey Rourke and Robert De Niro, who have not been on good terms since 1987’s Angel Heart. While appearing on the Italian TV show Live – Non è la D’Urso which Google tells me translates to “ Live – It’s not D’Urso” — not helpful, either, The Wrestler star claimed he didn’t get a role in The Irishman — Martin Scorsese’s long-in-the-works mob epic — because Bobby D? Not a fan.
“Marty Scorsese wanted to meet me for a movie with Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, and Robert De Niro,” Rourke claimed. “The casting person told my manager that Robert De Niro said he refused to work with me in a movie.” He added that he’s upset about kept out of the film because he “needed the money” the last Mickey Rourke movie to break $15 million at the box office is Immortals, released back in 2011. What happened between the actors, both of whom have been nominated for Academy Awards?
He “looked up” to De Niro like Marlon Brando and Al Pacino back in the 1980s, but changed his view after De Niro allegedly told him on the Angel Heart set: “I think it’s better if we don’t talk.”
De Niro wasn’t the only one on the Angel Heart set to struggle with Rourke. The film’s director, Alan Parker, called working with him “a nightmare. He is very dangerous on the set because you never know what he is going to do.” Rourke, meanwhile, says that he longer looks up to De Niro, he looks “through him… I came up from the sh*t. He doesn’t know that life. I lived that f*cking life, so every time I look him in the face, I look right through his asshole.” So, I’m guessing Rourke won’t be seeing Joker on opening night?
The Irishman releases on Netflix on November 27, 2019.