Robert De Niro wants 'regular' stars
Robert De Niro claims he stayed grounded because it took him such a long time to become famous and things stars find success too quickly these days
Robert De Niro thinks actors become famous too early.
The 66-year-old actor believes his struggle to find success in his early career has kept him grounded and feels modern stars need time to find their feet.
He explained: "I think it's important to have had at least a few years of obscurity, where people treat you like everybody else. Then it goes crazy, and all of a sudden people behave differently toward you, they're agreeing with you all the time, they're not telling you no.
"I had some regular life behind me. It anchored me, going into the future."
The veteran actor doesn't mind being a role model for other aspiring Hollywood stars because he believes he has enough life experience to give good advice.
He said: "I don't mind giving advice. I've had more experience, just by virtue of being alive longer, so I don't mind doing that - if people ask. I don't want to be preachy."
But the star admitted that he was so convinced he would be a star that he never thought about a back-up career.
He added to Parade magazine: "I didn't have a Plan B. I never quite got to the point of needing one. I did one thing, then the next. I was able to sustain myself."