Martin Scorsese Got Acting Advice From Robert DeNiro During His ‘Taxi Driver’ Cameo

Martin Scorsese during the filming of Taxi Driver --- Image by © Steve Schapiro/Corbis

Who better to get acting advice from the great Robert DeNiro, even if it’s only for a small scene you have in a little movie? That you’re directing. And your name is Martin Scorsese. And the little movie is the classic 1976 film Taxi Driver.

When George Memmoli, the actor who was to play a man stalking his wife who hails a ride with Travis, was injured on another movie, Scorsese agreed to play the character, and asked DeNiro on a few pieces of advice.

Here’s the “Sick Passenger” scene featuring Scorcese.