Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 13 July 2014

Stiller wants father-in-law respect

Ben Stiller finally feels comfortable calling Robert De Niro 'Bob'

Ben Stiller has revealed he understands the respect his character Greg Focker is trying to earn from Robert De Niro in Little Fockers, because he wanted it from his own father-in-law.

The Zoolander star is married to actress Christine Taylor and revealed he was getting ready to ask her father for permission to marry her when he filmed the first Meet The Fockers film in 2000.

Ben said: "I think it is about the father-in-law and son-in-law relationship and the idea of how you deal with that guy who is sort of giving his daughter over to you. Actually, I was going through it when I did the first film, literally asking my father-in-law permission."

He added: "I mean, I was going to do it anyway. But I did ask him if it was cool if I asked his daughter to marry me. And I think that dynamic is something that people around the world can identify with - you want to impress that person and from the other side, it's about the feelings a father has when he is letting go of a daughter."

Stiller appears opposite acting legend De Niro, who plays intimidating father-in-law Jack Byrnes for a third time in Little Fockers.

Ben said: "Finally, after 10 years I feel comfortable calling him Bob."

:: Little Fockers is in cinemas now.

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