I respect young actors: Robert De Niro

London: Veteran Hollywood actor Robert De Niro has cited younger actors Jennifer Lawrence, Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio as inspirations to him.

The 69-year-old Academy Award-winning star, who will be next seen in "Silver Linings Playbook" opposite Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, has revealed a list of actors he admires, reported a website.

"The actors I respect are Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio... Daniel Day-Lewis is a wonderful actor. Jennifer Lawrence is wonderful. She`s got a great energy," De Niro said.

Lawrence herself commented in a previous interview that she doesn`t find the Hollywood legend intimidating.

When the actor was asked whether it was true that the industry does not make movies like they used to, he said, "I don`t know. When I was in my early 20s, there weren`t many independent films. Now there are a lot more, so it gives more opportunity for actors and everybody else."

De Niro also recently said that he has no desire to retire from movies.