London, Mar 4: Robert De Niro disguised himself as a homeless man and spent a day at a shelter in Boston as he researched his role for the movie 'Being Flynn'.
The actor's make-up was so successful that he had complete chat with regular at the shelter about himself.
"We did spend time at Pine Street Inn homeless shelter, where Nick Flynn, who wrote the memoir, had worked. It was interesting to see him kind of blend into the woodwork, which he did very well," the Daily Express quoted director Paul Weitz as telling WENN.
"He had a cap pulled over his eyes and he pretended to have a cold so he could cover up his face.
"There was a very odd moment where somebody who worked at the shelter said, 'Oh, maybe Bob De Niro could play me!' He had heard something about how we were doing a movie and he did not realise that Bob De Niro was standing seven feet from him.
"De Niro likes to play real characters so he tried to get sense of reality by observing people staying there.
"The body language of the people staying there was not oppressed at all; rather they had straight posture so as no one could rob or beat them. And he is supposed to appear same in the movie," he added.
The movie star also visited New York's Financial District to get a real sense of being an invisible homeless person in the busy Big Apple.
"We chose different places where we hoped people would ignore a huge movie star. So we went down to the Financial District when everyone is arriving at work so they don't give a damn; they'd pretty much run anyone over to get to work," Weitz said. (ANI)