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Robert De Niro Gets Emotional When Talking About His Gay Dad

May 28, 2014 10:49 AM


Robert De Niro is featured in the new issue of Out Magazine, and the 70-year-old actor breaks down into tears while talking about his late father, Robert De Niro Sr.

De Niro invited the magazine to his dad's former studio in New York City, which has been kept as a shrine for the past two decades. When asked about preserving the space, the Oscar winner said, "I didn’t think of just selling it and dismantling it. Luckily, I could afford to keep it going, so I left it as is ... I documented and went through everything to make sure we catalogued it, and then I said, 'I'm keeping it like this.'" He added, "I haven’t even read all the diaries — I started. I read the ones for the film, but I haven’t read all the other material. I will, of course."

The project he's speaking of is the upcoming HBO documentary, Remembering the Artist, which chronicles the life of De Niro's artist gather, who was gay. When asked about his father's sexuality, it's noted that the elder De Niro "thought being gay was a sort of affliction," and the actor is asked about his father feeling "conflicted about his life’s passion."

De Niro replied, "[Was he conflicted] about his homosexuality? Yeah, he probably was, being from that generation, especially from a small town upstate. I was not aware, much, of it. I wish we had spoken about it much more. My mother didn’t want to talk about things in general, and you’re not interested when you’re a certain age. Again, for my kids, I want them to stop and take a moment and realize that you sometimes have to do things now instead of later, because later may be 20 years from now — and that’s too late."

When asked about sharing the same name as his late dad (and becoming "more famous than the person you’re named after," as the reporter puts it), De Niro gets teary and says, "I get emotional. I don’t know why."

Check out the teaser for the documentary below!

Robert De Niro And Wife Welcome Baby Girl

Dec 23, 2011 02:39 PM

RDENIRO081607_04_X17230.jpgRobert De Niro and wife Grace Hightower are parents to a newborn baby girl.

Helen Grace was born via surrogate weighing 7 lbs., 2 oz.

De Niro, 68 and Hightower met in 1987 and already have a 13-year-old son named Elliot.

The Oscar-winning actor has two other children with former wife Diahnne Abbott .... as well as twin sons with ex-girlfriend Toukie Smith.


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Celebs Blast Donald Trump, He Fires Back

Apr 26, 2011 02:42 PM

Trump230.jpgAll sorts of celebs are weighing in on The Donald as of late ... and they have some not-so-nice things to say about The Apprentice host and potential presidential candidate.

Comedian Bill Cosby spoke to NBC about Trump's possible 2012 campaign.

    "He’s full of it,” Cosby said. “You run, or shut up … but the only thing he's running is his mouth."

And Robert De Niro said Trump is like a "used car salesman" when it comes to the businessman's questioning of President Obama’s birth certificate.

Last, Jerry Seinfeld pulled out of an event benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital because Trump’s son, Eric, was hosting it.

But Trump, who's used to being the one giving the criticism a la his Apprentice franchise, doesn't take such critiques lightly.

See what fightin' words he had in response to these three -- and the bizarre statement that one celebrity gave in support of Donald -- after the jump!

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Get Ready For Little Fockers!

Oct 27, 2009 03:09 PM

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Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro and the rest of the cast are returning for the third installment of the Meet The Parents franchise! And of course, this one has to do with babies, natch.

But is there enough material left to make it funny? Here's hoping! Thankfully Jessica Alba will be around this time to heat things up. Check out the cast on set in the gallery below...

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No Country For Old Men?

Sep 17, 2008 06:00 AM

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Al Pacino and Robert De Niro were in Madrid for the premiere of their latest movie, Righteous Kill. Between the two of them, they have three Oscars, so this movie should be good, right?

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Taxi Jet-Ski Driver!

Jul 10, 2008 03:40 PM

bonodeniro.jpgRobert DeNiro RDeNiro070908_012_X17.jpg Brad Pitt may be keeping himself within one helicopter flight from Nice at all times - but his pals Robert DeNiro and Bono can go anywhere they want!

Our photographers spotted Robert out by Bono's boat playing with his and the U2 frontman's kids in the waters off the shore of Lerins Island. Bono spent the afternoon relaxing on the deck, while the usually dour DeNiro seemed pleased as punch at the chance to play with the kids, taking them for rides on his Jet-Ski and helping push their banana boat (no, really!). Hey, Robert may act like a tough guy in the movies - but in real life, he's a Goodfella!

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For Brad, Eze Does It!

Jul 9, 2008 01:18 PM

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Brad Pitt may be spending most of his time by Angelina's bedside - but he's still got a little spare time to spend with some of his famous friends!

We caught Brad chilling with his pals Bono and Robert DeNiro at the U2 frontman's crib in Eze-Sur-Mer. Wow, that's one heck of a lineup of celebs - heck, most of Hollywood's clubs would be lucky to draw a guest list half as star-studded as that balcony!

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Raging Bu

Aug 17, 2007 02:00 PM

RDENIRO081607_03.jpgRobert DeNiro RDENIRO081607_01.jpgRobert DeNiro made a big appearance in Melbourne yesterday (alongside Jamie Packer) for the opening ceremony of a new branch of Nobu. Looks like Robert really dropped the hammer on Aussie sushi fans!

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