Robert De Niro has emotional breaks down on Katie, video below. Robert De Niro broke down in tears on Katie while discussing the subject of bipolar disorder in Silver Linings Playbook. The acting icon began to cry after Katie Couric asked him, “Did you feel a greater responsibility about doing a film that [director David O. Russell] had so much personally invested in?” referring to the fact that Russell’s own son has a mood disorder.
Russell’s son Matthew plays the nosy next door neighbor whom De Niro chases out of the yard in the film). De Niro started, “Oh, of course, I understand what he…” before getting too choked up to continue. Cooper comforted De Niro by putting his hand on his costar’s shoulder.
After accepting a tissue from Couric, De Niro continued, “I don’t like to get emotional, but I know exactly what he goes through,” gesturing towards Russell on the far side of the couch.
(De Niro chokes up at the 5-minute-mark)