I came across this photo at one of the many Tumblr photo blogs I now follow, big fun.
It reminded me of something i vaguely remember hearing/reading about Deniro actually driving a cab around NYC in preparation for Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver.
While preparing for his role as Travis Bickle, Robert De Niro was filming Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1900. According to Peter Boyle, he would “finish shooting on a Friday in Rome…get on a plane from Italy, fly to New York”, whereupon he got himself a cab driver’s license. He would then go to a garage, pick up a real cab and drive around New York, returning it before he had to depart for Rome again. Robert De Niro also acknowledged that while working on Travis’s accent, on his days off from shooting 1900, he would go to an army base in Northern Italy and tape-record the accents of some of the locals there as he felt they would be good for Travis’s character.