Monday 16 April 2012
Robert De Niro is reputed to be the hardest star to interview. I've heard endless stories of how tricky he can be – monosyllabic, humourless, gruff, irritated, or just plain bored. One of his aides even warned me before our encounter today: "Don't ask Bob any questions that can be answered with yes or no, because that's exactly how he will answer." To complicate matters, I was in Los Angeles and he was in New York, so we were doing the interview via satellite remote, with a slight time delay.
I spoke to him briefly before we began the interview.
"Hi, Robert, it's Piers here, how are you?"
"Fine," he replied. "Thank you."
To try and lighten things from the start, we thought it would be