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Robert DeNiro On ‘Coming Out For His Father’: ‘It was my responsibility to make a documentary about him.’

Robert DeNiro On 'Coming Out For His Father': 'It was my responsibility to make a documentary about him.'

The documentary “Remembering The Artist: Robert DeNiro, Sr.” made headlines when it premiered at Sundance earlier this year because it exposed something few knew about one of the most celebrated actors of our time: That his father was gay. 

Robert DeNiro, Sr — an esteemed figurative painter — is chronicled in the film through intimate interviews with his son, who for the first time candidly discusses their relationship. It’s set to premiere on HBO on June 9th (which between “The Normal Heart” and “The Case Against 8” is getting the network’s summer off to admirably gay-positive start). But in the meantime, DeNiro offered OUT Magazine some further thoughts on what the film depicts.

“I felt I had to,” he said. “I felt obligated. It was my responsibility to make a documentary about him. 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.”

Read the whole interview here, and watch a trailer for the film below:

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