Robert De Niro's ties to Argentina: the dream of his own wine, holidays and his friendship with Lito Cruz

Robert De Niro’s ties to Argentina: the dream of his own wine, holidays and his friendship with Lito Cruz

Robert De Niro (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/Pool)

robert de niro generated a revolution with his arrival in Argentina to shoot the series in Buenos Aires Any by Star+ by the directors Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat, who recently released the movie official competition, Protagonized by Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas and Oscar Martinez.

The fiction that will be released in 2023 tells the story of Manual, interpreted by Louis Brandoni, a great friend of De Niro’s character and a well-respected food critic in his heyday, but now in the twilight of his career. De Niro puts himself in the shoes of vincent, a bohemian writer who publishes culinary books and goes to visit Buenos Aires, precisely at the time of his friend’s decadence.

Robert De Niro, Argentina (RSPhotos/The Grosby Group)

Robert De Niro, Argentina (RSPhotos/The Grosby Group)

But this is not the first time that the protagonist of popular films such as Taxi driver Yes The Godfather II is in the country, with which he has economic and emotional ties. On some occasions, he came for his professional commitments and on others, simply for pleasure.

The debut on local soil dates back to 1981, when he traveled for the presentation of the film wild bull by Martin Scorsese. From this visit, he was enchanted by the country and the culture.

From Niro in "wild bull"inspired by the life of boxer Jake La Motta

De Niro in ‘Raging Bull’, inspired by the life of boxer Jake La Motta

The experience was repeated in 1985, but this time he was in Misiones, at the Iguazú Falls, to film The missionin which he played rodrigue mendoza, a mercenary and indigenous slave hunter who finds redemption by joining the Jesuit religious community, led by Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons). The film was created in 1986, was directed by Roland Joffe and had one of cinema’s most moving soundtracks created by Ennio Morricone.

Robert De Niro visited Misiones while filming The Mission

Robert De Niro visited Misiones while filming The Mission

In 2011 he visited the province of Mendoza. The intention: to make your own wine. On this occasion, was interested in buying a 40 hectare farm in Vista Flores, Tunuyán. Alerted that many international celebrities are investing in this type of business related to the wine industry because it generates good income, he came to this city with the intention of joining the trend.

It turned out that the artist wanted to name his wines Rodrigue Mendozathe name used by De Niro in The mission. The long-term goal was to market this exclusive line in its Nobu chain of restaurants, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, among others.

Robert de Niro works with Luis Brandoni in Argentina (RS Photos)

Robert de Niro works with Luis Brandoni in Argentina (RS Photos)

While in 2014, the Hollywood star returned to Argentina to celebrate the Christmas holidays with his wife at the time, Grace Hightower, and three of his children. In this special getaway, Robert and his family they took a flight to Patagoniawhere they enjoyed the beautiful scenery and feasted on delicious local dishes.

In 2020, he said in an interview with C magazineWhere Nast Traveler What were your favorite cities? “I love Paris and Buenos Aires is just behind. It’s absolutely beautiful. But I’m staying with New York.”

As for ties, in Argentina he had a dear friend: Lito Cruz. Although the actor died in December 2017 I didn’t know the reason, they called it the Argentinian Robert De Niro. But beyond the comparisons, they became friends in 1986, when the protagonist of the mythical Taxi driver came to the country for the premiere of Cuba and her little Teddya work that Robert himself performed in the United States.

In an interview with Caras magazine, Lito gave details of their friendly relationship. And he even revealed that he took him in his car to a barbecue in the house that Federico Luppi has in Garín, where other figures of national cinema were, such as Hugo Arana, Betiana Blum and Víctor Laplace. “I arrived with De Niro, nobody could believe it, and we had a great barbecue together. We chatted everything in English. However, the affair did not end there: “Later, he invited him to the United States and I stayed there for two weeks, in a loft he rented to me.

Tiffany Chen and Helen Grace De Niro in Buenos Aires (RSPhotos/The Grosby Group)

Tiffany Chen and Helen Grace De Niro in Buenos Aires (RSPhotos/The Grosby Group)

During this last visit, the actor traveled with his partner since last August: Tiffany Chena martial arts instructor he met while filming fashion intern in 2015. is with them too Helen Grace11, the actor’s youngest daughter, from his previous relationship with Grace Hightower. The three of them stay in the presidential suite The Manor of the Four Seasonsfor which the actor pays 10 thousand dollars a day.

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