When he walked in I introduced myself to him but he never introduced himself to me. Just a short but not unfriendly “heyhowyadoin’”. More of a statement than a question. At a certain point during the course of the shoot he becomes distracted by a series of questions from one of his business advisors. The clock is ticking so I have to say the guy’s name to get his attention and get him back to the matter at hand. But what do I call him?
For a good two minutes I’m turning it over in my head. The publicist had referred to him as ‘Mr de Niro’ but I thought I’m not going to call him that. What else? Robert? Bob? Bobby? Scorcese always calls him Bobby. We’re not at that level of familiarity yet, maybe I should split it down the middle? Respectful but not overawed. So finally, I take the plunge and say it.
“HEY BOB!….” and he looks back at me and says “Yes Sir!” with a small salute.
Portrait shot for Sunday Times Style Magazine, November 5th 2015