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    Robert De Niro Opens Up About His Gay Father
    By Jeremy Blacklow

    Robert De Niro (Platon/OUT Magazine)
    From Taxi Driver and The Godfather, to Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, Robert De Niro is one of the most accomplished working actors alive today.

    Never short on extracurricular activities (he and producing partner Jane Rosenthal just wrapped their 13th Tribeca Film Festival last month), De Niro's latest project is a touching documentary about his father, Robert De Niro Sr. — a New York artist who was revered by his son, but struggled his whole life with being gay.

    Although his father died 20 years ago from cancer, De Niro has been committed to preserving his legacy. The doc called Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr. premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival and is set to air June 9 on HBO.

    The 70-year-old actor recently opened up to Out about the relationship he had with his dad while giving the magazine a personalized tour of his father's final home and art studio in Soho, which he maintains as if a working artist still lives there. "It was the only way to keep his being, his existence alive here," he explained.

    When it comes to his father's sexuality, De Niro said it was something that his father was very conflicted about his whole life. "Yeah, he probably was [conflicted]," he told Out. "Being from that generation, especially from a small town upstate. I was not aware, much, of it," adding that his family's bottled up emotions were a product of the times. "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."

    Growing up, he and his father were distant. "We were not the type of father and son who played baseball together, as you can surmise," he continued. "But we had a connection. I wasn’t with him a lot, because my mother and he were separated and divorced. As I say in the documentary, I looked after him in certain ways."

    Still, he learned from his father's struggles. "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 whether or not his dad's sexuality influenced the roles he had played over the years, De Niro said, "No, [because] they weren’t offered to me. If they had been offered to me by a good director, that’s something I would have considered."

    The documentary, however, is one that he says he felt obligated to produce. "It was my responsibility to make a documentary about him," he said. "I was always planning on doing it, but never did. Then Jane Rosenthal, my partner at Tribeca [Enterprises], said, 'We should start doing that now.' It was not intended to be on HBO. It was just something I wanted to do."

    Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr. premieres June 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. Watch the trailer below:
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    wow.

    his dad was an incredible painter. his work is all over de niro's hotel in tribeca. paintings, drawings, sculptures. it's beautiful, very strong and sensual.
    you can tell de niro adored him. though i can only imagine how hard it was for him to grow up with a gay dad in those days. even if he wasn't out, and it wasn't spoken about, i bet a lot of people knew.
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    I'm looking forward to viewing this on June 9th. I agree that you can sense his love for his father, and acceptance of his life from a time when it would have been a great challenge.
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    I can't really say why I love this so much but I do. RD has always reminded me of my own dad in a way. They are both Italian, similar ages, backgrounds etc. My dad's neighbor of 30+ years is a gay man who told us he was gay 10 years ago (he has annual NYE parties where men dress up in chaps and go topless, so it wasn't a huge surprise). Last weekend my dad mentioned he finally met the neighbor's new boyfriend and said they seemed like a really nice couple. You could have knocked me over with a feather. I love the slow change of tolerance that is happening and it's unexpected, and fantastic, to see it in their generation.

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    Daily Mail article, not much different text wise, but it has pictures:


    Robert De Niro is filled with emotion as he remembers his gay father in new interview
    By Shyam Dodge
    Published: 17:04 EST, 27 May 2014 | Updated: 21:18 EST, 27 May 2014

    Robert De Niro misses his father, an openly gay figurative painter.

    Over 20 years since Robert De Niro Senior's death from cancer, his son - a legend in American cinema - has preserved his father's artist studio in Soho, New York.

    The now 70-year-old actor talks about the late painter in a new interview, discussing his HBO documentary Remembering The Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.


    Remembering: Robert De Niro talks about his father in HBO documentary Remembering The Artist Robert De Niro Sr

    'To me, he was always a great artist,' the Godfather icon admitted in a chat with Out magazine.

    He went on to discuss his father's sexuality: 'Yeah, he probably was [conflicted about being gay], being from that generation, especially from a small town upstate.'

    Adding: '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.'


    Regrets: The now 70-year-old actor breaks down in tears as he shares memories of his deceased parent who was openly gay



    Lasting bond: The legendary actor has fond memories of his painter father

    And while his time with his father was limited, as he lived with his mother, poet and painter Virginia Holton Admiral, he was still very close to him.

    'We were not the type of father and son who played baseball together, as you can surmise,' De Niro explained. 'But we had a connection.
    'I wasn't with him a lot, because my mother and he were separated and divorced. As I say in the documentary, I looked after him in certain ways.'


    Portrait of an artist: Robert Sr. was a figurative painter who died in obscurity


    Making an impression: De Niro has preserved his father's art studio in Soho decades after his passing

    In the documentary, De Niro shares his own memories of his father's anguish over both his overlooked body of work and his sexuality.

    The senior De Niro lived his final days as a starving artist alternating between Paris and New York while his son rocketed to Hollywood fame.

    During this time, the Taxi Driver star attempted to help his father, who refused.

    Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr., which premieres on June 9 on HBO, promises to be a moving portrait of a son attempting to rescue his father's legacy from obscurity.

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    I love Robert D. I'd like to see the documentary, but I don't have HBO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellatheball View Post
    I can't really say why I love this so much but I do. RD has always reminded me of my own dad in a way. They are both Italian, similar ages, backgrounds etc. My dad's neighbor of 30+ years is a gay man who told us he was gay 10 years ago (he has annual NYE parties where men dress up in chaps and go topless, so it wasn't a huge surprise). Last weekend my dad mentioned he finally met the neighbor's new boyfriend and said they seemed like a really nice couple. You could have knocked me over with a feather. I love the slow change of tolerance that is happening and it's unexpected, and fantastic, to see it in their generation.
    I think I love it because it sounds so obvious and down to earth, like something any one of us might feel for our own loved one. It's the kind of truth that is beautiful.
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    Senior was quite a handsome man. Can't wait to see this.
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