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De Niro pegged for Gotham promo push

The writer-director says the offer got “an immediate yes” when submitted to Robert De Niro’s people and the actor wound up playing his part “straight from the gut.”

“Ronin,” maybe? Or some future De Niro starrer that has yet to be publicized?

Try the new promotional film “New York City … Come Visit the World.”

Although the normally reclusive actor doesn’t steal the show outright (rubbernecked tourists somehow manage to hold their own), Adam Goodman, the president of Doner Public Affairs who wrote and directed the 14-minute film, does capture what he calls “a quintessential De Niroism.”

It’s a facial shrug that serves as an exclamation point to the actor’s unscripted line: “Having lived in other cities and spent a lot of time in other cities in Europe and other parts of the world, I can say that this just happens to be the best city there is.”

James Earl Jones lends the voice of God to this New York Convention & Visitors Bureau production, while De Niro shares the spotlight with a perky Katie Couric, a puffy Donald Trump, hizzoner Rudolph Giuliani and several other yokels — all of whom submit to being upstaged by the city that always makes you feel, to quote De Niro again, “like you’re coming home.”

“The last time there was a film like this,” director Goodman says, “Brooke Shields was in her heyday.” That suggests at least somebody was asleep in the city that never does.

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