Robert De Niro Tells NYU Graduates: “You’re F*cked” (VIDEO)

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Robert De Niro Commencement Speech

By Michael Lewittes |

Robert De Niro Commencement Speech


Robert De Niro delivered the commencement speech for NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts on Friday at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, and began by telling the graduates, “You made it… and you’re f*cked!” The actor explained to the graduates how unstable a career choice they made, pointing out how much easier their lives would have been had they selected a field like medicine, law or accounting. Watch the video below.

“The school of medicine graduates, each one will get a job,” De Niro said in his speech. “The graduates in accounting? They all have jobs. Where does that leave you? Envious of those accountants? I doubt it.” He continued, “Maybe they were passionate about accounting, but I think it’s more likely they used reason and logic and common sense to research a career.” He also poked fun of a few other professions, including lawyers. He said the law school graduates have jobs, too, adding, “But who cares? They’re lawyers!”

Though his comments were met with laughter, De Niro soon proved to have an inspiring message for the art school graduates. “You didn’t have that choice, did you?” he said. “You discovered a talent, developed an ambition, and recognized your passion. When you feel that, you can’t fight it. You just go for it.” The Oscar-winning actor explained, “When it comes to the arts, passion should always trump common sense. Yeah, you’re f*cked. The good news is, that’s not a bad place to start.”

De Niro then prepared the students for trying to land a job in the arts or, what he called, “a lifetime of rejection.” He said their mantra needs to be “next.” “You didn’t get that part? Next! You’ll get the next one or the next one after that.” He concluded his 15-minute commencement speech by telling the graduates, “I know you’re going to make it. Break a leg. Next!”

Watch Robert De Niro’s commencement speech below, and tell us what you think.


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