Silver Linings Playbook star Robert De Niro enjoys sharing tips and input with film directors.
The 70-year-old Oscar-winning actor explained that he likes to use his years of experience in the film industry to help directors on set.
Speaking to the Sunday Times newspaper, De Niro said: ''When you're directing, you think of everything ... The few times I've directed, if someone comes up with something you missed, you're glad to hear that.''
De Niro further explained that he offered his help to director Luc Besson, who helmed his latest film, The Family, saying: ''I did it with Luc. In a New York scene, the way the set was set up, it wasn't the way it was in New York and I said, 'Do this, do that, pull it that way.'''
When asked about taking on more comedic role in recent years, Robert said: ''It just sort of happened. It kind of started with Analyze This. Billy Crystal brought it to me and we had a reading. There are some kinds of comedy I can't do - certain kinds of slapstick.''