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Baby Boomers saved Robert DeNiro’s acting career

Actor Robert DeNiro knows that his days of playing leading men are over, but that doesn’t really bother him. He knows he can keep working in other types of roles. And he credits the baby boomer generation with keeping him working in those other roles, according to The Age on Jan. 4.

Actor Robert DeNiro claims that the baby boomers saved his acting career
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Why baby boomers? Apparently, because we still like to go to the movies.

I don't go to see enough films. But I'm told that since baby-boomers will still actually go to see a movie in a theatre - because it's a communal experience that our generation is used to - there's now a trend towards making some movies that those people could possibly identify themselves in."

The 70-year-old DeNiro has been delighting moviegoers since 1965. Just last year he starred in “Las Vegas” with a group of folks in the same generation, such as Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and Michael Douglas. He’s happy to have that “big” role at this time in his life.

That's just life. We can't play certain parts any more. We're playing the father or the grandfather or the great-grandfather and that can be written in a funny way, so it's fine. But you're not carrying the movie as the young romantic lead - those days are gone," he told Britain's Metro newspaper.

Given Robert DeNiro’s popularity with baby boomers and everyone else, I think it’s fair to say that we’ll be seeing him in the movies for many more years to come.