Robert De Niro is known for his tough image as an Italian Mafia gangster on screen. But recently he opened up about his father’s homosexuality.
When we think of the actor, Robert De Niro, immediately images of Vito Corleone in the Godfather or Al Capone in the Untouchables come to mind. He has been known to play such evil characters.
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The depth of method acting Robert De Niro is capable of imitating makes him one of the finest and best actors of our times. Robert has personality and he knows it.
However, there is an element in his life that he has been unable to digest. His late father’s homosexuality is something about which tears come to his eyes when he starts talking. His pop was an out-and out gay man.
It’s been over two decades since Robert De Niro’s father expired due to cancer. But his New York City’s SoHo home has been kept in the same condition by his son. His father was a painter who depicted one still life after another and only took mini-breaks in between.
This SoHo home of Robert De Niro’s father is "filled with books, paintbrushes, and hundreds of canvases, some of which he never finished, it looks like pop stepped away for a coffee and should be back to finish another still life before dinner.
The loft remains a quiet shrine to an artist that few recognize, perhaps mistaking his figurative paintings for a late Matisse or another French master."
“It was the only way to keep his being, his existence alive,” De Niro tells Out magazine. “To me, he was always a great artist.”
Robert De Niro has always kept the memory of his father alive in his mind. He was a wonderful artist to the little boy that Robert was way back then.
Robert has made a documentary recently regarding his father. He starts crying tears of anguish as he reads excerpts from the diaries kept by the old man.
"We were not the type of father and son who played baseball together, as you can surmise. 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," said De Niro.
Robert De Niro Senior was an unrecognized artist and gay man who tried to come to terms with his sexual predilection. When the man was a sick artist, who was virtually dying of hunger in Paris, the son had tried to help him.
Today, as the son remembers the father, it is a close look we get at father-son bonding. Robert De Niro wants to keep the memory of his father alive.
He also wants his children to remember what grandpa was like. Although his father and mother divorced, Robert looked after his father time after time.
They may not have been great pals but there was a degree of love and respect to see the relationship through. Today when Robert De Niro tries to handle his own kids he remembers his father and the times he spent with him.