When Robert De Niro Turned to My Dad for Recommendation

Mum or dad chat! Robert De Niro requested Sebastian Maniscalco‘s dad for suggestions earlier than enjoying him within the upcoming film About My Father.

The comic, 49, stated that his dad, Salvo, didn’t completely imagine the Oscar winner, 79, could be taking over the function till he acquired a telephone name from the person himself. “Robert known as my father and stated, ‘I’d such as you to return to Oklahoma the place I’m filming a film, as a result of I need you to assist me and analyze this script and possibly train me some Italian and the way you behave,’” Maniscalco completely instructed Us Weekly forward of the movie’s launch. “Then I feel my dad began to essentially sense that this was truly occurring.”

The Warmth actor stars as a fictionalized model of Salvatore in About My Father, during which Maniscalco performs himself. The comedy follows the Chicago native as he makes an attempt to inform his traditional-minded father about his plans to suggest to his girlfriend, Ellie (Leslie Bibb).

The stand-up comedian had beforehand met De Niro after they starred in 2019’s The Irishman, however that didn’t make his involvement within the film a certain factor. The Godfather Half II actor joined the venture after a producer despatched him the script.

“It’s not like I had Robert De Niro’s quantity,” Maniscalco quipped. “He loved [the screenplay], and subsequent factor , we had been in Alabama capturing it. I feel we wrote it about six or seven years in the past, and right here we’re speaking a couple of film [where] my father’s being performed by Robert De Niro. One thing I by no means thought could be within the playing cards for me.”


Sebastian Maniscalco, Salvo Maniscalco and Robert De Niro
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The Taxi Driver star is himself a dad of seven, so he had some recommendation for his costar about tapping into the father-son relationship depicted within the movie. In a single scene, Maniscalco wanted to “get emotional,” however the emotions weren’t coming.

“I talked to De Niro and I inform him, ‘Pay attention, I would like your assist right here. I ain’t getting there,’” the Spinning Gold star instructed Us. “And what he instructed me was to consider my dad, take into consideration how he got here [to the United States] when he was 15 years outdated not understanding the language and began a life for himself. And take a look at the place you’re at, who you are actually.”

Maniscalco took his costar’s phrases to coronary heart — and the tip paid off. “I began to get emotional and I began to make use of that coming into the scene,” the Cruise star defined. “I haven’t carried out sufficient appearing the place I used to be in a position to get there alone, and he undoubtedly helped me and guided me by way of that scene.”

Earlier this month, De Niro revealed that he and girlfriend Tiffany Chen just lately welcomed their first youngster collectively, daughter Gia — his seventh. The Raging Bull star first turned a father in 1976, welcoming son Raphael, now 46, with then-wife Diahnne Abbott. The Meet the Mother and father actor additionally adopted Abbott’s daughter from a earlier relationship, Drena, now 51. De Niro later welcomed twins Julian and Aaron, now 27, with ex Toukie Smith, in addition to son Elliot, 25, and daughter Helen, 11, with ex-wife Grace Hightower.

Maniscalco, for his half, shares daughter Serafina, 6, and son Caruso, 3, with spouse Lana Gomez, whom he wed in 2013. The Tag star instructed Us that his visits to North Carolina with Gomez’s aspect of the household partially impressed About My Father.

“I felt like a fish out of water,” the Inexperienced E book actor instructed Us. “Nation membership dwelling [was] not how I grew up. I believed there was morsels of comedy inside this expertise that I exploit in a film. … I come from a working-class, middle-class household. She comes from an upper-class household, and we’ve all the time had these variations in how we reside our life, and finally, ultimately, we love one another, however there’s this totally different method of maneuvering by way of life that we’ve got and that they’ve.”

Whereas Maniscalco is happy for About My Father‘s premiere, he has no plans to surrender his bread and butter: stand-up comedy. “Stand-up is one of the best,” the Someplace in Queens star defined. “You may’t beat it. I’ll all the time do stand-up comedy, and the moviemaking and the TV-making got here out of eager to take a break from stand-up, as a result of you’ll be able to’t tour 12 months after 12 months after 12 months.”

About My Father hits theaters on Friday, Could 26.

With reporting by Leanne Aciz Stanton


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