Due to FIFA's thoroughly inconsiderate scheduling, actor Robert De Niro was forced to take a midday break while filming in Brooklyn on Thursday to watch the U.S.' crucial World Cup match against Germany.
According to Business Insider, the two-time Oscar-winning actor was shooting a film called "The Intern" in the Cobble Hill neighbourhood when he suddenly decided he fancied watching the game and went hunting for a television.
Apparently, Warner Bros. emailed people in the apartment building adjacent to the film set, asking whether they could assist De Niro in his quest to settle in for the match.
"Our lead actor, Robert De Niro, would very much like to watch the World Cup game, today at 12 p.m.," read the email. "Would it be possible to place a small portable satellite on the building rooftop ASAP and run a cable to the street to help facilitate this request?"
According to a tenant in the building, De Niro then received an invitation from a nearby house to come watch the USA-Germany game with them, rather than having to faff around with cables and the like.
"We got another email from a neighbour saying [De Niro] talked to the crew and apparently he found a house of people watching it and joined them," the tenant said.
De Niro's publicist has since declined to comment on the matter, but it's being reported that after the email was sent, production on set suddenly stopped for the next 90 minutes or so -- which is either a massive coincidence or a fairly reliable sign that the 70-year-old two-time Oscar winner joined his random new friends up the street and enjoyed the game after all!