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A representative for Robert De Niro has denied recent reports suggesting that the Oscar-winning actor is reprising his iconic role as Travis Bickle from “Taxi Driver” for an Uber ad campaign.
Several news outlets had claimed that De Niro was revisiting the iconic character from Martin Scorsese’s 1976 film, a role that played a pivotal role in establishing his status as one of the greatest actors of his generation. The reports about the commercial sparked criticism from “Taxi Driver” screenwriter Paul Schrader, who expressed his disapproval on Facebook.
In response to the reports, Uber confirmed that De Niro will indeed be featured in a UK ad campaign for the service later in the year. However, the campaign does not have a “Taxi Driver” theme. An Uber statement clarified, “We are filming with Robert De Niro in London for a new Uber UK campaign, which will launch later in the year.” De Niro’s spokesperson, Stan Rosenfield, also confirmed that the actor is not reprising the role of Travis Bickle and will not use Bickle’s famous line, “You talkin’ to me?”
“Taxi Driver,” a neo-noir psychological thriller, received four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor for De Niro.
Robert De Niro has a long history of collaboration with director Martin Scorsese, with whom he has worked on numerous acclaimed films, including “Raging Bull” (1980), “The Last Temptation of Christ” (1988), and “Bringing Out the Dead” (1999). De Niro won his second Academy Award for his performance as middleweight boxer Jake LaMotta in “Raging Bull.”
In his upcoming projects, De Niro stars alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Lily Gladstone in Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon,” set in the 1920s and revolving around the Osage Nation of Oklahoma during a series of murders on their valuable oil fields. “Killers of the Flower Moon” marks the tenth feature film collaboration between De Niro and Scorsese.