Canon Editor said:Perhaps. Had the CGI de-ageing been possible for The Godfather, Part II, would De Niro have had the recognition he had? Or would he have disappeared before being able to be cast in such great movies like Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter and The Untouchables? Simply put: would Robert De Niro have been Robert De Niro if CGI de-ageing had been possible in 1974?
While the opportunity for a younger actor is certainly a factor, it’s not my primary concern. Deniro was already a hot commodity because of Mean Streets. My concern is more in movie. A de-aged (had the technology existed) Brando would’ve been continuously distracting whereas there was a small *wait, that’s not what Brando looked like in his 20s* moment but then you just kinda go with it.