Actor Robert De Niro acted like he was talking to a room full of Mafiosos instead of fresh-faced college graduates, and at least one parent was none too pleased.
During New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts commencement speech, the Oscar-winning actor put on a performance fit for a scene in “The Godfather.”
“Tisch graduates, you made it,” he said. “And, you’re f–ked.”
Di Niro said graduates of other disciplines will go on to find employment, good or bad, but Tisch graduates are “opening a door to a lifetime of rejection.”
“It’s inevitable,” he said. “How do you cope with it? I hear that Valium and Vicodin work.”
The actor said he advised his own kids to “never attend the Tisch School for Arts,” and to major in accounting instead.
But he eventually did offer a little inspiration.
“You discovered a talent, developed an ambition and recognized your passion,” De Niro said. “When you feel that you can’t fight it, you just go for it. When it comes to the arts, passion should always trump common sense.
“Yeah you’re f–ked,” he concluded. “The good news is, that’s not a bad place to start.”
While the students appreciated the real-world advice in De Niro’s salty delivery and saw the humor for what it was, one parent did not.
“You don’t really want to use the f-bomb in front of thousands of people,” the parent said, according to the New York Daily News. “That’s just my take.”
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