Robert De Niro appeared in Tonight’s Show with Jimmy Fallon Monday and the host of the night took the opportunity to question the actor about various “myths” surrounding his career. During the conversation, Fallon opened up about a rumor involving De Niro to star in the 1988 comedy, BIG, before Tom Hanks got the part. It turns out that this is very true.
During a Zoom interview on the show, De Niro responded to the question about the rumor by saying “Yes, this is true. But we had one thing, a problem with the negotiations, so everything went as it was. But it was good.” I am personally trying to see someone else in this role other than Tom Hanks and it is quite difficult, but it is quite an interesting and fun piece of data.
In the film, directed by Penny Marshall, A boy named Josh Baskin wants to be “big” and soon learns to be careful what he wishes for when he transforms into an adult overnight. Robert De Niro’s quasi-involvement in the film began to circulate in April when Large Elizabeth Perkins shared the same casting news with What Happens Live’s Andy Cohen.
Other real bombs from De Niro during his appearance on Tonight’s show? De Niro referred to his participation in the Godfather franchise and although he eventually won an Oscar for his performance as young Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola The Godfather: Part II, Fallon heard the rumor that De Niro’s original audition was for the role of Sonny Corleone, a part that went to James Caan in the original. Godfather. De Niro confirmed saying “Everyone was in favor of Michael Corleone, but everyone knew that Al Pacino was going to do it, that Francis wanted him. I wanted to do the Sonny part too and I read, but I think Francis was pretty convinced of Jimmy Caan. too. But they let me read. “
Fallon also asked De Niro if he improvised his famous “Are you talking to me?” Martin Scorsese line Taxi driver. I always assumed this was the case, but the actor said, “More or less, yes.”
Can Robert De Niro share more funny stories about his career? What are YOUR thoughts about who he was originally destined to lead Big? Could you see it in that role?