I can’t fathom any reason that kept me from watching this Scorcese/De Niro masterpiece for this long.
Fresh after “Raging Bull” Scorcese tagged Bobby De Niro to bring this timeless comedy extravaganza. Initially Scorcese wanted to make his beloved project ” Last Temptation of Christ” starring De Niro as Jesus. De Niro declined and instead they came up with this Dramedy co-starring ever popular Jerry Lewis. Who was better to play a talk show host in Silverscreen than Lewis himself?
Johny Carson, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin were also considered for the above role which eventually went to Jerry Lewis. After the menacing portrayal of Jake La Motta, De Niro transformed himself to this wanna be stand up comedian. He makes an annoying stalking personality almost adorable and admirable.
With a fitting end to the fantasy/reality filled storyline De Niro wins the hearts by justifying his declaration: ” its good to be king for a day than be a schmuck for life”.