Double Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro, a proud New Yorker, congratulated NYU’s art school grads Friday, then quickly added, “You’re f*cked.”
De Niro’s commencement speech for the Tisch School of Arts was greeted with loud applause.
“The school of medicine graduates, each will get a job,” he said.
And so will the law school graduates and if they don’t “who cares, they’re lawyers,” he said. “Teachers, they’ll be working, s—– jobs and lousy pay, but they will be working.”
But you are “opening a door to a lifetime of rejection,” he said.
De Niro went on to say that one piece of advice he gave his kids was “never attend the Tisch School for Arts” and to major in accounting.
But then he added, “when it comes to the arts, passion should trump common sense.”
“Your path is clear,” he said. “You have to keep working.”
The Daily News reports, ‘De Niro said he heard “Valium and Vicodin” are good at easing the pain of rejection. He joked that even he has to deal with that, noting that he didn’t get to play Dr. Martin Luther King in “Selma.”’
“I could have played the hell out of that part,” he said.
“We were all laughing and clapping,” said grad Seung Hyun Hwang, 29. “He gave us really helpful advice
The grads loved his bluntly honest speech but one mother took issue with the actor dropping the F-bomb.
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“It was right at the beginning — first line,” the mother noted. “You don’t really want to use the F-bomb in front of thousands of people. That’s just my take.”
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