Movie legend Robert De Niro will pick up the ultimate accolade at next
month's (1-11SEP04) VENICE FILM FESTIVAL - honorary Italian citizenship.
The GOODFELLAS star, 60, will travel to the aquatic Italian city to
promote his new animated film Shark Tale, in which he provides the voice for
shark mob boss DON LINO.
Organisers of the annual Veneto festival are rushing through paperwork to
grant him joint citizenship with Italy and the US.
A spokesman for the event says, "He has grounds for a claim through his
great-grandparents who emigrated to America a hundred years ago.
"This would be the perfect way to start next month's festival."