If you had 15 minutes with a legend, what would you ask?

That was our conundrum when we sat down with Robert De Niro as he promoted the thriller 'Limitless' (an apropos title, seeing the number of topics we were allowed to bring up to the two-time Oscar winner).

It would be easy simply to revisit one of the greatest acting careers of all time, seeing as how De Niro received the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes and how this year marks the 35th anniversary of 'Taxi Driver.' But the actor, at 67, only looks forward, and 'Limitless' is a prime example of that.

De Niro plays Carl Van Loon, a Rupert Murdoch–type business mogul betting on hot shot Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper), who becomes the toast of Wall Street while using an experimental drug that has caused his I.Q. to soar. De Niro only has around 15 minutes of screen time. As with Robert Rodriguez's 'Machete' last year, De Niro took the role not for the size of the part, but because he was interested in the filmmaker -- in this case director Neil Burger ('The Illusionist'), with whom De Niro hopes to team someday in a much larger capacity.

But don't let De Niro's string of supporting roles and comedies like 'Little Fockers' fool you -- he's not short on pet projects. There's his next film with Martin Scorsese, 'The Irishman' (based on the book 'I Hear You Paint Houses') in which he'll co-star with Al Pacino and Joe Pesci and play Frank Sheeran, the prime suspect in Jimmy Hoffa's murder. There's talk of an ambitious Scorsese collaboration which De Niro compares to Fellini's '8 1/2.' And there's always the possibility that he'll find time to direct another movie.

Moviefone was the only online outlet to have a one-on-one sitdown with De Niro. We touched on these topics and others while chatting in the swanky Trump SoHo on his home turf of Lower Manhattan earlier this month.
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