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30 AARON BAKER Echoing his famous roles in Taxi Driver and The Deer Hunter, De Niro in Jacknife again played a Vietnam veteran scarred by his experience of the war. ” Moreover, in two early scenes he appears inclined toward violence as an expression of his alienation: in one, he drives Davy’s truck recklessly while howling like a dog and yelling “Just a crazy fuckin’ bastard, that’s me, right,” and in another, when Martha rejects his advances, he puts his ﬁst through a window in frustration. De Niro used his skill with physical transformation to represent how, unlike those earlier Vietnam veteran characters, Megessey controls the destructive force of the anger and alienation resulting from the war experience.
1985. Conan the Barbarian. Courtesy Jerry Ohlinger. Copyright Dino De Laurentiis Company/ Universal Pictures, 1982. 36 SYLVESTER STALLONE AND ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER 37 of top money-making star. A close look at how and why these two ﬁgures dominated the decade’s box ofﬁce is key to analyzing the complex relationship between marketing and gender in creating stardom. ” Rather, both stars incorporate a complex and fascinating mixture of stereotypically masculine and feminine signals as inherent to their star personas.
The additional weight made the last two weeks of shooting strenuous for De Niro, as he found himself short of breath and suffering from high blood pressure (Baxter 201). On De Niro’s obsessive preparation, Barry King comments that, in the case of Raging Bull, his pursuit of realism by transforming his body was also a response to the creative limitations involved in a collaborative production process (177). Chapman’s cinematography, Scorsese’s direction, and Thelma Schoonmaker’s editing all contributed to the stylized, expressionist quality ROBERT DE NIRO 23 De Niro as Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull.