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Robert De Niro: I give youth peace of mind

Robert De Niro only got paid $50 for the first movie part he ever landed.

The 72-year-old actor, who has starred in legendary films such as Casino and Goodfellas, is one of the most revered entertainers of all time.

And Robert, who has six children of his own, doesn’t like to keep the wisdom he’s accrued over the years to himself.

“I like to give young people advice,” he told an Argentinian magazine, according the UK newspaper The Mirror.

"If they ask me something, I love to answer them and give them peace of mind.

"I love young people and I really enjoy seeing them doing things because they remind me of myself when I was their age."

Robert could’ve used some helpful guidance at critical points in his own youth, especially with business deals.

The star got paid pittance for his first part in a movie.

“When I went to pick up my cheque I was with my mum because I was under-age and she had to sign the contract for me. I was looking at the contract and it said 50 dollars [£32],” he recalled. “I thought it was 50 dollars a week but she explained that it was 50 dollars for the whole thing."

Robert has recently offered his insight to the graduating class at New York University's Tisch School of the Art.

Speaking at the commencement ceremony earlier this year, he offered some hilarious advice to those exiting the institution.

"You discovered a talent, developed an ambition and recognised your passion," he said.

"When you feel that you can't fight it, you just go with it. When it comes to the arts, passion should always trump common sense. You aren't just following dreams, you're reaching for your destiny.

"You're an artist, yeah, you're f***ed. The good news is, that's not a bad place to start."

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