- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 6, 2009

Green & Glover staked out the State Department dinner feting the Kennedy Center Honorees on Saturday evening and got some exclusive quotes:

“The Mel Brooks version of ‘Taxi Driver.’” — Robert De Niro on his favorite movie by Mr. Brooks.

“He can be quiet and reflective.” — Carol Burnett on what would surprise people the most about Mr. Brooks.

“She is the funniest gal who ever lived — and ain’t bad in the back of the car.” — Mr. Brooks about Miss Burnett.

“For a New Jersey kid, he’s talented.” — Mr. Brooks, speaking as a Brooklynite, about Bruce Springsteen.

We were “friends” until he started “taking my jobs.” — Mr. Brooks joking about Mr. De Niro’s doing more film comedy.

“I could take a bath” in it. — Jon Stewart on all the Springsteen music he loves.

“A possibility.” — Mr. Brooks on the prospect of working with Mr. De Niro on a project.

“A drink … or five.” — Harvey Keitel on what he would need to describe his friend Mr. De Niro’s talent.

“He’s underrated as a conversationalist.” — Nora Ephron on Mr. De Niro’s reputation for being a man of few words.

“Bob is shy but very smart and valuable.” — Sharon Stone on Mr. De Niro.

“The best thing that ever happened to guys who write about criminals.” — Author-screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi on Mr. De Niro during a toast to the actor.

Sting’s favorite Springsteen song: “The one I am going to perform” at Sunday night’s Honors gala. Which is? “It’s a secret.”

Mr. Springsteen’s work is special because it is rooted in “his experience as a middle-class, all-American male.” — Melissa Etheridge, who divulged that she will perform “Born to Run” at Sunday night’s performance.

“In high school.” — Adele Springsteen on when she knew her son, Mr. Springsteen, had special talent. “He was in his bedroom all the time” as a child, working on music.

Several of the guests noted their favorite De Niro movie:

Caroline Kennedy: “Analyze This.”

Barbara Walters: “Analyze This.”

Philip Seymour Hoffman: “King of Comedy.”

Miss Stone: “Taxi Driver.”

Sen. Barbara Boxer: “That one where he plays a boxer” (before being reminded of the film’s title, “Raging Bull”).

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