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The real reason Robert De Niro is called Bobby’s milk

Over the years, Robert De Niro has become synonymous with gangster movies, with memorable leading roles in “The Godfather, Part II”, “Goodfellas”, “Casino”, and later “The Irishman” “, all directed by Martin Scorsese. De Niro even directed his own mob movie – “A Bronx Tale” – in 1993 (via Britannica). Though De Niro has become too attached to crowd culture, believe it or not, he was never a gangster himself – or, at least not quite.

De Niro’s teenage years, he spent some time with a local Italian street gang that gathered around Kenmare Street on the Lower East Side (via Vanity Fair). Due to his looks, the gang began calling him “Bobby Milk”, since De Niro was, as he put it, “pale and weird as milk.”

Some of De Niro’s roles see him do dark, scary things that most people wouldn’t even consider. “Initially, being a star was a big part of it. When I got in, it got more complicated,” De Niro told Time in 1975. “To completely immerse yourself in a different character. and experience life through him without risking real-life consequences – it’s a cheap way to do things you yourself would never dare do.”

So while De Niro was never a real-life gangster, thanks to his work in the movies, he can fulfill any gangster aspirations he (or Bobby Milk) may have as a child.

https://www.thelist.com/672747/the-real-reason-robert-de-niro-was-called-bobby-milk/ The real reason Robert De Niro is called Bobby’s milk

Bobby Allyn

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