Brutal honesty is not what most new graduates want to hear – but Robert De Niro didn’t hold back when he told the class of 2015 at New York University they were ‘f****d’.
The Oscar-winning actor was giving the commencement speech at the Tisch School of the Arts – a major centre for the performing and media arts at NYU.
He reminded the graduates of the difficulties they would face in finding a job – compared to their friends in the nursing – dentistry – and medicine schools.
‘Tisch graduates, you made it… and you’re f****d’ – De Niro said bluntly.
‘A new door is opening for you – a door to a lifetime of rejection. It’s inevitable’ – he joked. ‘How do you cope with it? I hear that Valium and Vicodin work’.
But the actor – who did not go to university – praised the graduates for pursuing a career out of passion and said: ‘You discovered a talent – developed an ambition – and recognised your passion.
When you feel that you can’t fight it – you just go with it’