Monday, April 22, 2024

Robert DeNiro in Tears on “Katie”: A Good Fella Breaks Down (Video)


We rarely see Robert DeNiro’s vulnerable, personal side. But yesterday on Katie Couric’s talk show, DeNiro spontaneously burst into tears during an interview alongside “Silver Linings Playbook” director David O. Russell and co-star Bradley Cooper. Russell had been talking about his own teenage son who suffers from mood disorders. When Katie asked DeNiro if he identified with Russell’s description of what he goes through as a parent, DeNiro started crying. It comes at about 5:10 in the video below. Back in September, when “Silver Linings” debuted in Toronto, DeNiro — I wrote this then– came out of the screening with tears in his eyes. DeNiro is just the nicest guy, and he does not ever sell his life’s problems to get attention. It’s the last thing on his mind. But “Silver Linings” is about fathers and sons, a father who is highly sensitive to his adult son’s emotional issues. DeNiro had that with his father and has it with his own teenage son. It’s one reason, I think, he held off doing much press on “SLP” until now. Again, a rare moment with a really good fella.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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