This may come as a shock to some folk. It obviously was to the person who wrote this piece of fluff for Yahoo. I know Yahoo isn’t at the apex of journalistic … depth … but it does have it’s moments. This isn’t one of them.
The article itself isn’t all that important, but the message it conveyed to me, is.
Apparently Robert De Niro isn’t making movies like he used to. Cape Fear, Taxi Driver, The Godfather II, to name a few of the biggies. Now he making movies like Las Vegas, American Hustle, Grudge Match (just to name a few from a HUGE body of work) … and the article writer wishes he’d get back to the former, and steer clear of the comedy!
And here’s the clincher for me … “It’s also safe to say that age has played some role in De Niro’s decline” (I resisted the urge to find out how old the article writer was, just in case it might add fuel to my ire)
… Let me be clear, that was not a ‘safe’ thing to say.
Unless Bob has some nasty disease that is robbing him of cognitive function, age has nothing to do with this ‘decline’. Could it be a simple as the actor himself wanting to play different roles?
Ultimately, what got up my goat (mixing my metaphors) is not whether Bob and his movies are raking a gazillion dollars or only a paltry half-gazillion dollars, it was the huge weight of cultural ageism, fueled by an ever increasingly marginalized ‘mainstream’ media hysteria, that is behind that one sentence.
And all this, about an old white guy. Imagine if it’d been written about a woman!
Speaking of old white guys. This is another reason to love Patrick Stewart.