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Robert De Niro Checks Big Casting Rumor On ‘The Tonight Show’ – Deadline

On Monday, Robert De Niro looked at Tonight’s show, where he was grilled by Jimmy Fallon, regarding a number of interesting “myths” that surround his career.

During the two-time Oscar winner’s appearance, Fallon made sure to ask about a rumor that he had already been cast as Josh – the character ultimately played by Tom Hanks – in the Penny Marshall comedy. in 1988, Large.

“Yes,” said De Niro, that’s right. “But we had a problem, a problem with the negotiations, so it went as it did. But it was good.

As you may remember, Large focuses on Josh Baskin, a young boy who wishes to be “big” and learns to be careful of what he wants, when he transforms into an adult overnight. News about a potential version of the classic film starring De Niro began to circulate widely in April, when the big ones Elizabeth Perkins shared the same account with Watch what is happening liveIt’s Andy Cohen.

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While on Tonight’s show to promote his Tribeca Film Festival – which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and kicks off tomorrow – De Niro also raised a rumor surrounding his involvement in the Godfather franchise. While De Niro would ultimately win an Oscar for his turn as young Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola The Godfather: Part II, Fallon had heard that the actor’s original audition was for the role of Sonny Corleone, in the original Godfather. (That part would ultimately go to James Caan.)

Once again, De Niro confirmed. “Everyone was up for Michael [Corleone], but everyone knew that Al [Pacino] was going to do it, that Francis wanted it, ”he told Fallon. “I also wanted to do the role of Sonny, and I read for that, but I think Francis was also quite attached to Jimmy Caan. But they let me read.

Finally, De Niro was asked if he had improvised his famous “Are you talking to me?” »Line of Martin Scorsese Taxi driver.

“More or less, yes,” he said.

Check out the entire De Niro segment with Fallon above.

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