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Robert De Niro moved to tears on U.S. TV

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Feb 05, 2013 | 6:15am EST

The Taxi Driver actor was chatting to host Katie Couric about how director David O. Russell's bipolar son Matthew inspired the story of Pat Solitano, a teacher who also suffers from the condition and is played by Bradley Cooper in the film.

When Couric asked if it was a "great responsibility" working on a movie so important to the filmmaker, De Niro, who plays Cooper's onscreen father, became teary-eyed.

He told the presenter, "Of course, I, um - I understand. I don't like to get emotional, but I know exactly what he goes through."

Both De Niro and Cooper are up for Oscars at the Academy Awards prizegiving later this month (Feb13).

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