Robert De Niro talks Taxi Driver sequel

You talkin' to me?... De Niro talks Taxi Driver sequel (Copyright: Rex)

Robert De Niro has revealed that he'd be keen to revisit his iconic role of original angry loner Travis Bickle from 'Taxi Driver'.

The role was among a number of breakthrough performances for the actor in the 70s, alongside the young Vito Corleone in 'The Godfather: Part II' and Johnny Boy in 'Mean Streets'.

Speaking to The Guardian, he's said that Bickle is the character he'd most like to revisit from his career and had spoken to director Martin Scorsese and writer Paul Schrader about the possibility.

[Directors and their muses: Has Scorsese replaced De Niro?]

“Yeah, well, I had that idea,” he told Xan Brooks. “I said, why don't we write something? And I talked to Marty and Paul did take a shot at something, whether it was an outline or a script, I forget.


“But somehow we didn't feel it was right and it didn't take off.

“But I'd like to see where Travis is today. There was something about the guy – all that rage and alienation, that's what the city can do to you.

“I mean Marty and I are from New York, and even we can feel alienated.”

[Jay-Z still has beef with De Niro]

De Niro also speaks about the final sequence of the movie, and the possibility that Bickle dies in the end, and the strange scenes are a kind of 'fantasy of the afterlife'.

“You mean the end of the movie? Well, that's an interesting theory. I know that was not the intention, but it's as valid as anything,” said De Niro.

He's currently starring in the 'The Family', directed by Luc Besson, and out on November 22.

Meanwhile, Scorsese's new movie 'The Wolf of Wall Street' is due out at Christmas.

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