”Jerry Lewis turned out to be an inspired choice as Jerry Langford – a potentially life-threatening one for Scorsese, who was frequently left wheezing and gasping for breath after being rendered helpless with laughter at Lewis's off-screen antics. [---] He [Jerry] was a star of the old school, and found De Niro's ways a little difficult to cope with at first.
De Niro had been spending months watching stand-up comedians at work to get the rhythm and timing of their preformances just right. But when Lewis, one of the greatest stand-ups of his generation, invited him to dinner – the sort of courteous thing prospective co-stars did in his day – De Niro would not go. 'How could I', he was quoted as saying, 'when in the film I am supposed to be at his throat and ready to kill him for my chance?' Lewis was surprised but diplomatic in his response.” - "Untouchable: Robert De Niro: Unauthorised" by Andy Dougan (2003). 💞
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