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Robert De Niro Over Prepares For The Colbert Questionert

By Andrew Sanford | TV | September 14, 2022 |

By Andrew Sanford | TV | September 14, 2022 |


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The premise for the Colbert Questionert is simple. Stephen doesn’t think the brief time he gets with guests allows for a thorough interview. So the staff at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert devise a series of questions meant to get to the heart of a guest in the quickest way possible. Guests often give thoughtful answers. It is a magnificent, recurring segment.

But in this case, it’s more fun to give Robert De Niro a list of answers to the questions and watch him try to get through them. Such a version of the segment was recently released by the show, and it is a doozy. The reason for De Niro being given answers of any kind is unknown. My guess is that the guests are always given the questions ahead of time, and Eddie Murphy’s Showtime co-star wanted the answers as well.

If you’ve ever seen De Niro have a guest spot on SNL, you’ve seen this interview before. However, in this case, the stakes are much lower. Stephen seems to be having more fun than anyone, hanging on De Niro’s every read. It’s also revealed at one point that Stephen has never seen Heat, a revelation sure to rankle several Pajiba staff members past and present.

Come for De Niro’s joyful demeanor, stay for his awkward plug for the Tribecca Film Festival app. Bobby was clearly having a great time, and that alone makes this video worth it.



Andrew lives in NYC. You can follow him on Twitter.



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