According to star news, ROBERT DE NIRO burst into tears while discussing bipolar disorder, which was exhibited in his latest movie, “Silver Linings Playbook.”

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Robert De Niro, who usually plays an overly strict father in the movies he showed his sensitive side while discussing his latest Oscar-nominated movie“Silver Linings Playbook,” (for which Jennifer Lawrence recently bagged awards for Best Actress) in an interview with Katie Couric.

Together with his sexy male co-star Bradley Cooper and the film’s director David Russell, they explain how their movie was inspired by Russell‘s son—who made a cameo in the movie and is also diagnosed with the mood disorder—and how it aimed to touch on the subject of the particular mental problem.

Katie then asked De Niro:

“Did you feel a greater responsibility about doing a film that [Russell] had so much personally invested in?”

De Niro then broke down in tears after saying:

“Oh, of course, I understand what he…”

It was a major change in atmosphere, considering Russell had the audiences laughing (despite the topic) just moments before, but De Niro recovered seconds later after a teary-eyed Bradley comforted him by putting his hand on his shoulder and Katie gave him a tissue.

He continued:

“I don’t like to get emotional, but I know exactly what [Russell] goes through.”

Watch the interview below (the actor tears up at the 5:00 mark):

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