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Robert De Niro is not someone who we think is a "cryer," so when he cries on TV — in real life — we have no other choice than to cry along with him. He has spent his entire career building that tough guy persona we know and love, so it's a shock to see him showing his human side.
And that's exactly what happened on Katie when they started talking about bipolar disorder. He was there with Bradley Cooper and the director, discussing their latest movie, The Silver Linings Playbook.
Here's what Katie asked him:
"Did you feel a greater responsibility about doing a film that David had so much personally invested in?"
She's referring to the fact that director David O. Russell based the movie on his relationship with his own son. Here's how Robert responded:
"Of course, I um –- I understand. I don't like to get emotional. But I know exactly what he goes through."
He got so choked up that David had to step in and finish:
"We all know people who have faced these challenges, we've all been touched by these people and we love these people. As he says in the movie, 'I want to do everything I can to help you get back on your feet.' There's nothing harder in life than when you can't figure out what to do. You try everything. And you must never stop. Your heart just has to keep growing."
"When I first was in his apartment and I was talking about the screenplay this what happened. And I thought he was having Hay Fever and I realized he was having an emotional reaction. I sat there and I watched Robert De Niro cry for 10 minutes. And I said, Wow, he's really connecting with this material and this could be a beautiful thing if it worked out."
While Robert didn't open up as to why this is such an emotional subject for him, we can only imagine that it means he's had to personally deal with someone in his family who suffers from bipolar disorder.
It's not anyone's fault, but the disorder is absolutely hard on everyone involved, not just those who are diagnosed.
In the end though, we think it's wonderful to see Robert having the capacity to be so emotional in real life, in front of everyone!
[Image via Katie.]