Robert De Niro tears up at film on his dad

by Rachel Baker on May 3, 2014

De Niro’s dad was a well-respected abstract exressionist painter who became less fashionable at the rise of the Pop Art movement of the 60s. A documentary, “Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.,” will air next month on HBO, after having debutted at the Sundance Film Festival in January. While being interviewed at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, De Niro teared up when talking about his dad.

Actor Robert De Niro on Friday night screened a documentary about his artist-father for political leaders on the left and right and was brought to tears in talking about the soon-to-air HBO film.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Motion Picture Association of America CEO and former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) were among the nearly 200 guests in attendance for a panel and screening of the upcoming documentary. The event was at D.C.’s Long View Gallery and was hosted by HBO and POLITICO ahead of Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

After the film was screened for those in attendance, De Niro, a two-time Academy Award-winning actor, teared up as a panel discussion began with POLITICO’s Chief White House correspondent Mike Allen. The actor’s father died in 1993 on his 71st birthday.

De Niro, Jr. was interviewed for the documentary, which he said was spurred out of an “obligation” to give his father his due as an artist. He was joined in the panel discussion by the film’s two producers, Perri Peltz and Geeta Gandbhir.

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