Robert De Niro really did have a taxi driver license
As part of his preparation for his Taxi Driver role, Robert De Niro not only learnt how to drive a taxi, heeven spent some weekends driving a real cab. Apparently a passenger recognized the method actor and remarked rather astutely, ‘Well, that’s acting. One year the Oscar, the next you’re driving a cab!’
The hack license expired at the end of May 1976 and now sits at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas for curious visitors to gawk at. Wonder if that license ever got renewed (maybe for a sequel?).
I exist in the geographical confinements of the United Kingdom and I have been spying on the world with my mechanical eye for about 9 years now.
After falling in love (hard) with film, I have been collecting and experimenting with different types of cameras (SLR, point and shoot, single use, medium format. anything with a plastic lens). Ever since the beginning of my affliction, I have been fascinated by the way light sometimes gives you an extraordinary moment by doing absolutely nothing at all, therefore my eye has been trained to see magic where there is none.