VIDEO: Robert DeNiro Sits with Letterman for First Time Ever

by | December 16, 2010 at 4:03 PM | Late Night, The Late Show with David Letterman, TV News

Robert DeNiro on "David Letterman" (Photo: CBS)

Reluctant talk-show guest Robert DeNiro will make his first appearance ever with David Letterman this Friday. That’s right: DeNiro’s appearance this week on Letterman’s “Late Show” on CBS will represent the first time the revered actor has ever sat down for an interview on any Letterman show.

Letterman, of course, has been a late-night talk show host since 1982, a 28-year stretch in which he’s gotten to interview just about every celebrity you could probably name. But not DeNiro, who will appear on “Late Show” alongside Dustin Hoffman, DeNiro’s co-star in the new comedy film, “Little Fockers.” DeNiro, of course, plays the gruff, suspicious father-in-law of Ben Stiller in the film series, with Hoffman as Stiller’s father and Barbra Streisand as Mother Focker.

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Talk-show appearances are relative rarities for DeNiro. One exception was the March 2009 premiere of NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” on which DeNiro was Fallon’s inaugural guest.

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Some years earlier, DeNiro also agreed to be interviewed in-depth about his acting career on the James Lipton talk show, “Inside the Actor’s Studio.” Prior to agreeing to sit down with Lipton, DeNiro was perhaps the show’s most famous holdout, someone who Lipton campaigned vigorously to get, and eventually did.

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Though he’s been known to loosen up in his stints as guest-host on “Saturday Night Live” (as he did just two Saturdays ago, on Dec. 4), DeNiro can be less loquacious when appearing on a talk show. It’ll be interesting to see how Letterman handles him, particularly in the company of Hoffman, who has proven in the past to be one of the most outgoing and entertaining guests a late-night show can get.

We’ll be watching. Will you?