The 70-year-old Oscar-winning actor, who was in Goa, to participate at the ongoing THiNK Fest 2013, said he feels fortunate to get into the lives of his characters without having to pay a real price.
“I have many real life heroes as my inspiration. (Nelson) Mandela, Peres, James Dean, Marlon Brando and from India... Indira Gandhi and Mahatma Gandhi. They are strong people with a big heart,” De Niro said.
“I try to be more empathetic towards my characters. I try to understand its position by putting myself in their shoes. I feel I am lucky to get into these lives without having to pay a real price,” he added.