Yeah, but De Niro isn’t the latest popular thing. If you’re implying that he used De Niro as a joke and if it’s true I have zero respect for that. I doubt it though. It was the only role De Niro would fit in with Robert Forester as Max and I think Tarantino just wanted to use him. I don’t remember exactly but I think Taxi Driver was on his top ten list. A lot of the manurisms seemed like an old stoner criminal version of Travis Bickle. Not to say it was a Travis Bickle-esque performance (not by any means) but it did seem like he had a real hard time relating to people since he kinda lived in his own world.
I didnt say DeNiro was the latest popular thing, I said QT is known for using actors that AREN’T the latest popular thing, hence using Pam Grier and Robert Forster as the main stars and putting the great Robert DeNiro in a supporting role.
Yes, I do think one of the reasons QT picked Bobby D to play a low key role (I’m not implying its not an excellent performance by any means), is because he wanted to sort of play a little joke on the fans of Bobby D. I’m just saying that most fans of QT and Bobby D (including myself) would expect a QT film with Bobby D to be something groundbreaking and amazing. Whereas Louis Gara is a really quiet, not very captivating character in the movie, as compared to DeNiro’s most famous roles in Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, King of Comedy, Cape Fear etc.