Robert De Niro is known for generally avoiding press and being a reluctant interviewee, though he has been working the media circuit while promoting his new film, The Intern, co-starring Anne Hathaway and directed by lover of great lighting and luxe kitchens Nancy Meyers. And with such gems in the acting department, things couldn’t have looked better.
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I don’t have a hat on, but I’m in on his theft plan.
It is a fantastical situation, but the performances of De Niro and Hathaway convince viewers to forget all that and accept everything offered on screen. At least the hard-working De Niro and Hathaway almost keep this company afloat.
Then the actor responded: “Oh, you think “darling” is condescending?”
De Niro gives few interviews and can be monosyllabic when he does consent to an interrogation.
The chemistry between Hathaway and De Niro is fantastic and the easy friendship that develops between the two is the anchor for the whole movie.
Enter Ben Whittaker, a seventy-year-old widower who applies for a job as senior intern to help pass the time. He favors suits and ties and always has a handkerchief at the ready for any lady in need.
“Do you have a smartphone?” I think he’s just an artist. He digs into his sports jacket pocket and pulls out an iPhone.
The actor then asked her to pause the recorder and got out of his chair, paced about “madly” before cutting the interview short because of the “negative inference” of what she had said. De Niro’s back to playing “The Godfather”… but the magical fairy godfather who becomes Uncle Ben to everyone in the office, teaching the boys to be men and Jules to enjoy life.
Yes, and I hope the movie is seen by a lot of people as it is that kinda movie. “I have a very active life”.
Like a good employee, writer-director Nancy Meyers can be counted on to deliver a certain kind of work without a lot of drama. Not convinced, I throw out a retirement number. “Listen. I’ll take 110”.
The film starts off like it should – warm, fuzzy and very engaging.
Without referencing the Radio Times interview, Hathaway says of her new pal, “He is a quiet guy, he is not a million jokes a minute”.
When I first saw the theatrical release poster for The Intern, starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway, I thought that I was in for a Devil Wears Prada part two – but I was only partially right.