Robert De Niro says he respects Israelis for their ‘aggressiveness’

(JNS.org) Famed Actor Robert De Niro, known for his tough and aggressive personality on the big screen, said he appreciates similar qualities in the Israeli people.

Robert De Niro. Credit: David Shankbone.

“I always enjoy coming to Israel. Israelis are warm, they’re energetic people. Forthright. Very smart. I always like smart people. They’re nice people, you know. Aggressive, and I respect that aggressiveness because you need it in their situation,” De Niro said June 19 at the President’s Conference in Jerusalem, The Times of Israel reported.

De Nirohas played a number of Catholic roles in his movies, including “The Godfather Part II” and “The Mission” (in which he played a priest). De Niro’s signature toughness is perhaps best portrayed in the famous “You talkin' to me?” exchange from the movie “Taxi Driver.”

Posted on June 21, 2013 .