De Niro plays elder statesman at Guys Choice

By RYAN PEARSON | June 5, 2011 | 10:43 AM EDT

Culver City, Calif. (AP) — Fresh from leading the Cannes jury, Robert De Niro found himself on stage at the Guys Choice Awards praising Keith Richards' "big brass balls" and telling an audience that Sean Penn peaked with his role in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."

De Niro played the dirty-mouthed elder statesman at Saturday night's Spike TV honors, a sort of brash, puerile younger brother to the MTV Movie Awards, which is airing live on that network Sunday.

Like that show, the Guys Choice stage on the Sony lot was populated by Hollywood types with something to promote — mostly summer movies.