"When I met with De Niro, he said, 'Look, I love the story, I won't touch the story, it should be the way it is,'" said Mr. Palminteri. "There was an honesty about Bob. I knew he was going to make a great movie."
"He probably was [conflicted about his homosexuality], being from that generation, especially from a small town upstate," Mr. De Niro told Out. "I was not aware, much, of it. I wish we had spoken about it much more. My mother didn't want to talk about things in general, and you're not interested when you're a certain age. Again, for my kids, I want them to stop and take a moment and realize that you sometimes have to do things now instead of later, because later may be 20 years from now — and that's too late."