Robert de Niro has discussed his father’s difficulties coming to terms with his homosexuality in the forthcoming documentary, Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro Sr.
“He probably was (conflicted about his sexuality),” the 70-year old actor told OUT Magazine. “Being from that generation, especially from a small town upstate (in New York). I was not aware, much, of it. I wish we had spoken about it much more.
De Niros explains that his mother was reticent about things in general, so it was not discussed.
“Again, for my kids, I want them to stop and take a moment and realise that you sometimes have to do things now instead of later, because later may be 20 years from now - and that's too late.”
They did not play baseball together, or engage in any of that sporty kind of bonding. “But we had a connection, " says the actor. I wasn't with him a lot, because my mother and he were separated and divorced… He was absent in some ways. (But) he was very loving. He adored me… as I do my kids.”
The new documentary is set to premiere on HBO on 9 June. See the trailer for Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro Sr below.