Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer are teaming up as a husband and wife duo in their new film, Relativity Media's "The Family," which hits theaters on today on September 13, 2013. In the film, a notorious mafia family is forced to be relocated to Normandy France under the witness protection program. The family true to form struggles to fit in as their old habits die hard. Examiner.com caught up with John D' Leo, who plays Warren Blake the son in the family to find out what it is like to be apart of the crazy clan.
Q: So what was it like being apart of this "Family?"
They [Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer] are not scary [as parents]. They are really nice people on set. Like the first time, I met Bob he gave me a big hug and Michelle gave me a kiss on the cheek. I love them both so much.
Q: What should we expect from this movie?
It is a bad-ass action comedy and I think you'll leave satisfied. I mean it takes you from A to B and it is such a fun ride.
Q: What is the basic story?
We are a family that is put in the witness protection program because my dad squealed [on the mob] and the mob tries to hunt us down and you know the family is on defense the whole time. Things happen; we have to...survive, you know. Comedy is mixed in and action is mixed in the whole time and it is a great story. In the end, it is all about the family sticking together.
Q: What was Robert De Niro like as a dad?
He is one of the best dads ever. He is probably just as good as my real dad. They are both awesome.
Q: So did you bond as a real family working in France?
The whole time everyone was nice. We would eat together almost every night. Chill with each other on set and off set. We are all a real close family.
Following the screening, guests headed over to the Oak Room at the Plaza Hotel. The world premiere was held at AMC Lincoln Square and from the film – Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, John D’Leo, Vincent Pastore, Jimmy Palumbo, Domenick Lombardozzi, Stan Carp, Jon Freda, Joseph Perrino, Raymond Franza, Anthony Desio, Paul Borghese, Anthony Mangano, writer/director/producer Luc Besson, Malavita author Tonino Benacquisto and Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh were all in attendance. Additional guests included 50 Cent, Sarah Silverman, SNL’s Nasim Pedrad, NY Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert, Houston Rockets’ Chandler Parsons, Washington Wizards’ John Wall, Kelly Rutherford, Lindsey Gort (the newly cast Samantha in "Carrie Diaries"), Tony Danza, James Lipton, AndrewAndrew, Marisa Berenson, Rebecca Dayan, Lenay Dunn, Terry George, Shoshanna Gruss, Grace Hightower, Heather Matarazzo, Lisalla Montenegro, Drew Nieporent, Jean Reno, Brian Reyes, Charlotte Ronson, Jacky Ido, Chyler Leigh and Jose Zuniga.
Melissa Unger contributed reporting.