IT is not everyday you get to chat to a famous movie star whilst out on a job.
Former Evening Post reporter David Mercer was asked to cover the opening of the new Nobu restaurant at the Fairmont Hotel in Monte Carlo for the Press Association, where he currently works.
Big Hollywood legend Robert De Niro is a business partner in the luxury restaurant chain but David was told he would not get a chance to speak to him.
So he was shocked to come across The Godfather himself and even managed to grab a quick minute with him.
The 26-year-old who worked for the Evening Post between 2009 and 2011, said: “I’d been told I was unlikely to get any time with De Niro because he would leaving Monaco straight after the ceremony. “After he arrived and posed for official photographs, he walked to the hotel’s lounge area with head chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, who I’d interviewed earlier that day.
“I hadn’t been told I couldn’t approach him so I sat beside him as the pair were talking and asked if I could ask him one question.
“Because I was writing a travel feature on Monaco, I asked him why he’d decided to set up the new restaurant - the 27th Nobu restaurant around the world - in the principality? He told me he had always enjoyed the place because it symbolised “luxury” and a “romantic lifestyle”.
“He was whisked away a few minutes later for the restaurant’s official opening ceremony with Prince Albert II of Monaco.
“It was a brief but memorable moment which I didn’t realise had been caught on camera by photographer Michelle Chaplow until afterwards - much to my delight!
“The man is true Hollywood A-lister and, like most people, I’ve been a long admirer of many of his films.
“After attending the restaurant’s opening, I spent the next day filming around Monaco for PA.”
De Niro has starred in more than 90 films in his career, with his first major roles being in Bang the Drum Slowly and Mean Streets, both in 1973. Then in 1974, he was cast as the young Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II, which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
He has earned four nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, for his work in New York, New York, Midnight Run, Analyze This, and Meet the Parents.