Robert DeNiro in ‘Being Flynn’ Could Be His Comeback

November 16, 2011 By Mike B

Being Flynn, starring Robert DeNiro and Paul Dano, seems to be DeNiro’s return to form, a reminder of the passion and intensity from years ago that he’s substituted recently (and by “recently” I mean the past decade) for cruise control. If you’re a DeNiro fan you’ve probably been waiting for the legend to be in a quality film for quite some time now, and stop doing crap flicks like Little Fockers.

Okay,  so he’s put in solid performances in Everybody’s Fine and Stone, but we’ve been waiting for him to prove that he’s still “one of the greatest actors that’s ever lived” at least one more time.The veteran actor has been in iconic films, such as Taxi Driver, the King of Comedy, Goodfellas, and the list goes on, and he’s looking good in the trailer for Being Flynn.

The film is an adaptation of Nick Flynn’s acclaimed memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, written and directed by Paul Weitz. Too bad they couldn’t use the book’s awesome title. The short synopsis: Paul Dano stars as a writer who takes a job at a homeless shelter, only to run across his long-absent father, DeNiro who is also a writer,  seeking a bed.

The trailer may remind one of Wonder Boys, an amazing film about a struggling writer, and DeNiro playing the deadbeat dad/homeless writer seems like a meaty role that he can use to flex his talents. My fingers are crossed once again for this to be a good DeNiro film and performance, so I won’t have to go home and wash away the film with another viewing of Heat or Raging Bull.

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