Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway sit down for a game of Chatter with PEOPLE and reveal their favorite quotes from De Niro's career

By Michael Miller
Updated September 16, 2015 07:30 PM
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Anne Hathaway might not know her favorite Robert De Niro movie quote, but Robert De Niro sure does.

The Intern costars sat down with PEOPLE for an all-star game of Chatter, but when we asked Hathaway for her favorite De Niro line, she decided to play it safe.

“People have been asking me this since it was announced that we were going to be working together, and I’m just going to say all of them. I’m just going to totally lame out on that one and not embarrass you by doing an impersonation of you.”

Fortunately, the Godfather star didn’t mind sharing his favorite line, which turned out to be fairly obscure after a career rife with quotable catchphrases.

“There’s one in Raging Bull that I laugh at,” De Niro said with a smile. “In a scene with my wife – not the Vicky character, but the first one. ‘It defeats its on purpose.’ ”

In the movie, the hot tempered Jake LaMotta (De Niro) is impatiently waiting on his wife to finish cooking his steak dinner.

“Don’t overcook it, you overcook it it’s no good. It defeats it’s own purpose,” LaMotta says before a fight breaks out.

Thinking about the line, De Niro says, “I like that,” with a laugh.

“Ironically, that was my answer,” Hathaway jokes.

We also asked the actress what the next song she lip syncs to will be, after her killer rendition of Miley Cyrus"Wrecking Ball" on Lip Sync Battle. But it turns out Hathaway is thinking about quitting while she’s ahead.

“You know what, I don’t think I’m ever going to lip sync again. It went very, very well with “Wrecking Ball” and I’m very happy with that.”