In the movie “The Deer Hunter,” Robert De Niro’s character, Michael, is shown playing a game of Russian roulette. This scene is often cited as one of the most realistic and harrowing depictions of the game ever put on film. But did De Niro really play Russian roulette while filming this scene?
According to De Niro, the answer is no. In an interview with Playboy magazine, De Niro said that a professional Russian roulette player was used for the scene, and that he only pretended to play the game.
This makes sense, as it would be incredibly dangerous to actually play Russian roulette on set. Even with all of the safety precautions in place, there is always a risk that something could go wrong.
So while De Niro’s portrayal of Michael in “The Deer Hunter” is incredibly realistic, it is important to remember that he was not actually playing Russian roulette while filming the scene.