Scheider passing on “The Deer Hunter” opened the door for Robert De Niro. The actor already had “Raging Bull” within the works with Martin Scorsese and was planning to take a break from appearing earlier than taking pictures that movie. De Niro’s want was comprehensible, given he ended up delivering such a bodily taxing and emotionally draining efficiency as Jake LaMotta. Within the meantime, although, he discovered himself received over by the script for “The Deer Hunter” and selected to forgo his hiatus to star as Michael Vronsky. De Niro recalled to GQ:
“I favored the story and the dialogue. I simply thought it was a terrific script. It was so easy and it appeared so actual to me. The characters spoke to me. I favored that they did not say a lot, that there wasn’t something that was condescending or patronizing towards them.”
Each “Raging Bull” and “The Deer Hunter” are about self-destruction, although within the former it is pushed by Jake’s insecurities and quick mood, not PTSD like in “The Deer Hunter.” Even so, De Niro delivers a few of his strongest, least glamorous work in each movies; they’re at all times ranked on the prime of his filmography for good cause.