"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."
"It was my responsibility to make a documentary about him. I was always planning on doing it, but never did," he told the magazine. "You can't hide anything. That's the whole point — the truth. That's what people are attracted to. I should have done this 10 years earlier, but I'm glad I did it now."