Robert De Niro uses boxing ring from his 1980 motion picture Raging Bull for workouts
Robert De Niro looks to the future by stepping into his past.
The two-time Academy Award winner, who turned 75-years-old on Friday, stays in shape with occasional workouts in the ring he performed in in 1980's Raging Bull, the drama he took home the Best Actor Academy Award for in 1980.
'He still has the same ring from the movie in his home,' a De Niro insider told the Mirror, 'and he tells me he still uses it from time to time.
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On the ropes: Robert De Niro, who turned 75 Saturday, works outs in the ring he performed in in 1980's Raging Bull, the drama he took home the Best Actor Academy Award for in 1980. He was snapped in NYC earlier this year
'He's grateful to still be up to boxing and says it keeps his mind and body in great shape.'
De Niro, who played boxer Jake LaMotta in the drama, had the large memento placed over a basketball court at his upstate New York estate.
The Goodfellas star in 1997 bought the home, which sits on a 78-acre estate, in the town of Gardiner, which is about 80 miles north of Manhattan.
'He used to live mostly in Manhattan, in the Tribeca area,' the insider told the outlet, 'but since moving back out of town he's spending more time keeping fit.'
Focused: The actor trained strenuously in the ring for months to portray the younger version of La Motta the period piece, winning an Oscar for his efforts
Bold: De Niro famously gained 60 pounds to play the elder version of La Motta
The acclaimed actor - who famously gained 60 pounds to play the elder version of La Motta - also trained strenuously in the ring for months to portray the younger version of La Motta the period piece.
He opened up to Time in 2013 about his conditioning, and what it was like to work with La Motta.
'I sparred with people with gear on, but we were careful. We weren’t looking to kill anyone,' De Niro said. 'Then I trained with Jake. He would say, "Hit me, don’t worry, don’t worry." He was 55, but he was really tough.
'I didn’t realize until I got to his age that you could still take a punch.'
La Motta died in September of 2017 at the age of 95; De Niro issued a statement that read, 'Rest in peace, champ' in the wake of the boxer's death.