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Meet the Parents is a comedy film starring Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller about male nurse Greg Focker who meets his girlfriend's parents before proposing, but her see your face nevermore, nevermore, nevermore, until we meet in heaven. Norm the Security Guard: You were acting like a maniac and then you. Meet the Parents is a American comedy written by Jim Herzfeld and John Hamburg and directed by Jay Roach. Starring Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller, the film chronicles a series of .. Due to changes in directorial and acting line-ups after the early drafts of the script were written, Hamburg kept adjusting and re- writing. Robert De Niro is one of the greatest actors of all time — period, no parenthesis or may be most familiar as a daft, cranky father in the Meet the Parents movies. DE NIRO: (As Jake LaMotta) I want you to hit me in the face.
Meet the Parents film Meet the Parents is a remake of a independent film of the same name. Glienna also directed and starred in the 76 minute film which was filmed on 16 mm film in and released the following year. Producer Nancy Tenenbaum acquired the rights to the short film. He brought it to the attention of Universal Studios who initially declined but subsequently optioned the rights to the film in I think the film is fantastic, and I can't imagine a screenwriter being any happier with a film unless he directs it himself.
Which, in this case, would've been a disaster since Jay is a brilliant director He initially presented it to Roach who had, up to that point, directed the first two Austin Powers films.
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Roach admits to have liked the script from the beginning  and was very much willing to make the film even though he thought "it needed more work. The studio was skeptical of Roach's ability to direct a "less-cartoony, character-driven script" compared to a comedy like Austin Powers.
The drafts of the script were written by Herzfeld and, once De Niro and Stiller were confirmed as stars, John Hamburg was brought on board "to help fit the script to their verbal styles. In De Niro's case, he's always been so reticent with the press that it's sort of demanded that I do research almost as if he was a historical figure and not a living person. Several times in this book, you have personal testimony from people who say look at him in the flesh, sit next to him, nothing special.
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But then move on over and take a look at him through the camera, and magic shines through. He burrows deeper and deeper into a scene as he's playing it.
And he does that most when the camera's on. But when you see little looks - he works so much with his body and face. And I examined scripts that he worked with on sets for more than 40 years of his career, and he was always cutting dialogue and reminding himself of mood and gesture. And those are things the camera's going to pick up, not the ear or not the casual view. Let me get you to talk about a couple of De Niro's - maybe in this day in age - lesser-known films, as compared to, obviously, "The Godfather" or "Goodfellas.
As Jerry Langford I really have to ask you that. How do you do it? As Rupert Pupkin I think it's that I look at my whole life, and I see the awful, terrible things in my life and turn it into something funny. But what about the first few one-liners? Were they strong enough? As Jerry Langford Strong enough? As Rupert Pupkin No. As Jerry Langford If they were any stronger you'd hurt yourself.
They're marvelous, you daffy You know, they came from the same neighborhood - lower Manhattan - and they're roughly the same age and had similar life experiences during, you know, their formative years.
- The Life Of De Niro, From 'Mean Streets' To 'Meet The Parents'
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But there's a real difference. I think Scorsese is an Italian-American street kid who kind of wished he was brought up with art and music and culture. Most of the others play tennis. Bobby and I would go over the scenes to be shot.
Bobby is more meticulous He figures everything out both inside and outside. He has good emotion. He's a character actor: In a good way, but he calculates. Fearing he had become typecast in mob roles, he began expanding into occasional comedic roles in the mids and has had much success there as well, with such films as BrazilMidnight RunAnalyze ThisMeet the Parentsand Meet the Fockers However, due to scheduling conflicts with his directorial debut A Bronx Talehe gave up the role to John Malkovichwho later received an Academy Award nomination for it.
In A Bronx Tale, which De Niro agreed to direct after seeing the screenwriter's one-man off-Broadway play, he played a bus driver who struggles to keep his son away from a local mobster.
He also appeared in the crime drama Cop Land He starred in the police action-thriller Heatalong with fellow actor and long-time friend, Al Pacino.
The duo drew much attention from fans, as both have generally been compared throughout their careers.