Robert De Niro broke down while discussing his hit film Silver Linings Playbook - because he has a child with special needs and the movie's subject is extremely close to his heart.
The tough-guy actor is Oscar nominated for his role as the father of a man, played by Bradley Cooper, who is struggling with bipolar disorder.Mr De Niro, a father of six, wept as he discussed the film while being interviewed by Katie Couric after previously revealing: 'If you’re a father, you certainly understand what it’s like to go through the worry about your kids, especially if they’ve got issues like Bradley’s character has. 'Sometimes it can be overwhelming. It can be nightmarish and upsetting. There’s nothing much you can do but deal with it.'Scroll down for video...
Still emotional: Robert De Niro teared up while talking to Katie Monday about playing the father of a son who suffers from bipolar disorder in Silver Linings Playbook
Mr De Niro was a guest on Katie to discuss the hit film Silver Linings Playbook with director David O. Russell and co-star Bradley, who plays Pat Solitano.
Father and son: Bradley Cooper plays Pat, who suffers from bipolar disorder. As with most mental illness, the family suffers as much as the afflicted person
When asked about the film's premise, the Goodfellas actor began to cry.
Mr Russell has spoken openly about how personal the film was for him because his own son Matthew, 18, has bipolar disorder.
And Mr De Niro, who has been married to his wife Grace Hightower for the past 14 years, broke down when Katie Couric asked: 'Did you feel a greater responsibility about doing a film that David had so much personally invested in?' The star replied: 'Of course, I uhm – I understand.' After a long pause, he tried to continue, but choked up, stammering: 'I don’t like to get emotional, but I know exactly what he goes through.'In December, the veteran actor joined director Mr Russell for a Q&A following a screening of Silver Linings Playbook, and in a precis of the filmed session,The Hollywood Reporter wrote: 'Among the topics that we covered: How Russell and De Niro - both of whom have a child with special needs - first met and became friends, and the emotional meeting years later that led De Niro to agree to star in Playbook.'
Rare display: The Godfather actor is usually very reserved during interviews
Mr Russell was inspired to write the film because his son suffers from bipolar disorder as well as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Those are the mental illnesses that plague Cooper’s character Pat.'There’s nothing harder in life than when you can’t, can’t figure out what to do,' the director said about dealing with a character like Pat. 'You try everything, and you must never stop. Your heart just has to keep growing.'The Oscar nominated director revealed how Mr De Niro also broke down during a meeting to discuss the film.He said: 'When I went to talk to him about the script and how personal it was to me, he had met my son and I had to talk to him about the experiences I had been through with my son.
Top journalist: Katie Couric is known for drawing out her guests
'It’s emotional to me and I thought he was having hay fever and I realised oh no he was actually crying and that was a very powerful experience for me to sit there and watch him cry for a few minutes.
‘I thought two things - 'I can’t believe this is happening, that I’m sat here and watching him crying, and two, I think this means maybe he’s going to do the film!''
Happy couple: Robert De Niro and wife Grace Hightower on Monday in Hollywood as the actor is honoured with a handprint ceremony
Personal experience: Director David Russell, right, was inspired to write the film because his own son suffers from bipolar disorder
Silver Linings Playbook has been one of the big hits of the year and has showered with award nominations.
Lighter moment: Bradley Cooper cracked up while talking about his career in movies such as Wedding Crashers and The Hangover
It has scooped nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, as well as Best Adapted Screenplay, at the Oscars to be held in Los Angeles on February 24.
Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Pat's equally troubled girlfriend Tiffany Maxwell, has already won the Golden Globe for Best Actress and most recently she won the same category at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
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