Now movie followers lastly know why Robert De Niro — star of Raging Bull and Taxi Driver — additionally options in flops reminiscent of Final Vegas and Soiled Grandpa.
De Niro’s lawyer has stated the Oscar winner takes “each challenge that comes alongside” to be able to pay for his ex-wife’s “thirst for Stella McCartney” and $1.5 million diamond rings.
The embarrassing revelation got here within the midst of his bitter divorce from US socialite Grace Hightower, after their 21-year marriage collapsed in 2018.
His lawyer Caroline Krauss stated the expensive divorce might clarify why he has gone from The Godfather Half II and The Deer Hunter to The Warfare With Grandpa and fronting an ad for British breadmaker Warburtons.
She instructed a Manhattan decide: “Mr De Niro is 77 years previous. Whereas he loves his craft, he shouldn’t be compelled to work at this prodigious tempo as a result of he has to. When does that cease?
“When does he get the chance to not take each challenge that comes alongside and never work six-day weeks, 12-hour days, so he can preserve tempo with Ms Hightower’s thirst for Stella McCartney?
“He may get sick tomorrow and the get together’s over.”
De Niro was as soon as stated to be value an estimated $620 million, constructed up throughout a 50-year Hollywood profession.
He gained the Finest Actor Oscar for Raging Bull and the Finest Supporting Actor award for The Godfather Half II, together with nominations for movies together with The Deer Hunter and Taxi Driver.
However regardless of his stardom, founding the Tribeca Movie Pageant in 2002 and coming into the restaurant enterprise, De Niro’s funds have been decimated in recent times, his attorneys declare.
They stated he’s compelled to take each challenge provided to him to maintain up together with his ex’s way of life.
On Friday, Ms Krauss additionally instructed a divorce listening to in Manhattan that her shopper’s subsequent two film pay checks will go to the taxman.
De Niro was hit with a $8 million tax invoice in 2015 and is once more tens of millions behind on his taxes.
Ms Krauss additionally stated the pandemic has ravaged his funds. The row revolves round how a lot Ms Hightower ought to get from her ex whereas they type the divorce.
In keeping with their 2004 prenuptial settlement, she will get $1.29 million yearly so long as he’s making at the least $19 million.
The lawyer claimed that within the years main as much as their separation, Ms Hightower’s spending grew.
She described her calls for as “wealthy with indulgence and waste and greed” and claimed she spent $1.5 million on a diamond from jewelry retailer Kwiat in 2019.
That contributed to her spending virtually $2.16 million that yr, the court docket heard.
Kevin McDonough, Ms Hightower’s lawyer, denied the diamond declare as De Niro listened in on the cellphone and Ms Hightower watched by video hyperlink.
Mr McDonough alleged that De Niro flies to brunch from his house in Montauk, New York State, in a helicopter and often charters non-public jets — exhibiting he’s removed from poor.
He stated that till the pre-nup settlement goes into impact, De Niro is meant to pay her so she will “preserve the established order” way of life she had after they had been married.
The lawyer stated: “If he desires to direct or compel his household to depart their long-time house whereas he’s spending tens of millions and tens of millions and tens of millions on himself, on his personal properties, on renovating what his attorneys’ tongue-in-cheek name his cottage, which he has poured tens of millions and tens of millions into over the previous couple of years, he can take that place.
“There have been no cutbacks and no slowdowns in Mr De Niro’s way of life by any means. When Mr De Niro goes to brunch Sundays in Connecticut, he charters a helicopter up there.
“When he flies all the way down to see his pals in Florida or wherever else, it’s a personal jet.”
Ms Krauss denied her shopper took a helicopter to brunch.
Mr McDonough, nevertheless, argued that since submitting for divorce in 2018, De Niro has unfairly continued to chop the sum of money he has been sending his spouse.
It included her credit-card bills going from $461,000 a month to “simply” $127,000 from January.
In response, De Niro’s lawyer warned that Ms Hightower and their two children might have to maneuver out of their $25 million New York residence if her lavish spending continued.
The pair’s pre-nup requires them to promote the house, cut up the earnings after which have De Niro purchase his ex a $7.7 million new house.
Ms Krauss stated: “If the selection is promoting the residence and following the settlement or paying pursuant to Ms Hightower’s calls for — that are wealthy with indulgence and waste and greed — then we’d go along with the previous.”
The arguing left Manhattan Supreme Courtroom Justice Matthew Cooper distinctly unimpressed.
He stated: “I need to get these events divorced. I need to get Ms Hightower and Mr De Niro to go their separate methods. They are going to nonetheless come out of this richer than virtually any human being who walks this earth.
“There’s nothing extraordinary about these bills. For 99.9999 per cent of the world, these are extraordinary to an virtually unimaginable diploma.”
De Niro, who performed the notorious US gangster Al Capone in The Untouchables, met Ms Hightower, 66, in 1987 when she was working as a hostess at up-market Chinese language restaurant Mr Chow in London.
She had grown up in poverty within the US state of Mississippi, working odd jobs to help her household earlier than changing into a flight attendant.
The pair tied the knot in 1997 and had a son, Elliott, 23, and a daughter, Helen Grace, 9, who was born by surrogate in 2011.
Ms Hightower is now described as a philanthropist and socialite, though she has typically taken on small appearing and singing roles.
Her record of credit embody minor elements in 2009 Oscar-nominated movie Valuable and 2012’s The Paperboy, starring Matthew McConaughey.
She additionally had a small function in US TV collection NYPD Blue in 1994 and carried out the lead vocals for the monitor Somethin’s Comin’ My Means for the Valuable film soundtrack.
Ms Hightower and De Niro cut up two years after marrying however reunited, renewing their vows in 2004. They cut up for good in 2018.
De Niro’s selection of roles has lengthy been a fascination for critics, who’ve warned he’s tarnishing his hard-earned legacy.
Los Angeles Instances critic Betsy Sharkey wrote: “One among our best working actors has misplaced himself in crummy, senseless comedy.”
His enormous flops because the mid-Nineteen Nineties embody 2016’s Soiled Grandpa, a comedy starring Zac Efron, during which the appearing nice performed a sex-pest pensioner.
Different failures embody The Bag Man, Heist, Killing Season, Pink Lights and Being Flynn — all of which didn’t break into seven figures on the field workplace.
In 2013’s Final Vegas, he acted alongside Morgan Freeman and Michael Douglas.
The trio performed three retirees who journey to Sin Metropolis for a bucks get together — however the movie was derided as The Hangover for pensioners.
One critic stated that final yr’s comedy movie The Warfare With Grandpa would go away “numerous questions on what this gifted forged was considering”.
In addition to motion pictures, De Niro has additionally popped up in a string of high-profile ads, even spoofing a few of his most well-known characters.
He appeared in commercials for automotive agency Kia, Santander financial institution and bank card big American Categorical.
There was additionally widespread shock when he starred in a British ad for Warburtons bagels — the place the Goodfellas star declares himself the “new boss of Bolton”.
He turns right into a mafia kingpin and serves up “Goodbagels”. After making the ad, De Niro stated: “It was a pleasure to fly to the UK to movie this ad with the Warburtons household.
“Moving into the bagel enterprise has been nice enjoyable and I hope everybody enjoys the ultimate minimize.”
And now, it appears, he loved getting the breadmaker’s dough.