Ben Stiller reportedly revealed that he understands the respect his character Greg Focker is trying to earn from Robert De Niro in theie latest film Little Fockers, because he wanted it from his own father-in-law.
The actor is married to actress Christine Taylor and he revealed revealed he was getting ready to ask her father for permission to marry her when he filmed Meet The Fockers in 2000.
“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,” Ben said.
He explained, “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.”
The “Zoolander” star opposite De Niro, who plays intimidating father-in-law Jack Byrnes in Little Fockers.
“Finally, after 10 years I feel comfortable calling him Bob,” Ben said.