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Emily Blunt and Robert De Niro Discuss Personal Roles at Tribeca Film Fest

By Lisa Marsh | April 20, 2012 9:46am

TRIBECA — The Tribeca Film Festival has a full schedule of panels to coincide with all the movies being screened.

At a panel celebrating 100 years of Universal Studios, one of several events (and celebrities) DNAinfo caught Thursday, Robert De Niro and Judd Apatow discussed their favorite movie moments at the Borough of Manhattan Community College Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

De Niro, known first for his dramatic roles and then his comedic ones, saw humor in all of his roles.

"'Taxi Driver' and 'Mean Streets' are not obviously funny, but there are comedic moments," De Niro said.

"And 'Goodfellas' was hilarious," Apatow joked.

"Even 'Cape Fear' had moments of humor," De Niro added, though we'd be hard-pressed to recall them.

Apatow was a big fan of De Niro's "Deerhunter." "I was 10 years old when it came out but we got the VHS and I watched it. We also has 'The Godfather' and '10' — my dad liked it — and we watched it many, many times," he said.


"It started as a few ideas on paper — a paragraph," director Lynn Shelton said of her film, "Your Sister's Sister," starring Emily Blunt, and they started filming with only 70 pages of a script.

This, Blunt said at the BMCC red carpet, allowed the film to be "my most personal film to date." However, when asked if one of her sisters fell for the same man she did, mirroring the film, it'd be curtains. "She'd be out of the family,"  she quipped.


Blythe Danner made a dash for it once her car arrived at the premiere of "The Lucky One" at the Crosby Street Hotel. The actress seemed almost spooked, as she climbed out of her car, screamed loudly several times and then wrapped a scarf around her face screaming, "Not before I get my hair and make-up done!" She later walked the red carpet, looking not much different than she did when she got out of the car.


The documentary "Don't Stop Believing: Everyman's Journey," shows how Arnel Pineda made his fantasy come true by becoming the new lead singer of Journey. This led to lots of fantasy talk on the red carpet. 

"It's always been a fantasy — selling women's shoes," guitar player Neil Schon joked.

"I would love to be Neil's guitar tech," said his companion, former "Real Housewives of DC's" Michaele Salahi. "My real fantasy job was the 'Real Housewives.' Look at these people," she gestured to the sizable crowd, "they're all still my fans."

The Sugar Hill Gang's Wonder Mike made one of our fantasies come true by rapping the first part of "Rapper's Delight" at our request on the red carpet.