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Two ‘Fockers’ dole out advice on being a family

Intensely private but incredibly famous actors like Robert DeNiro and Ben Stiller tend to greet any question about their private lives with some trepidation, but each has a few solid nuggets of wisdom to offer when it comes to dealing with in-laws.

Intensely private but incredibly famous actors like Robert DeNiro and Ben Stiller tend to greet any question about their private lives with some trepidation, but each has a few solid nuggets of wisdom to offer when it comes to dealing with in-laws. After all, in addition to each of them, respectively, being a father-in-law and a son-in-law in real life, the two are starring in “Little Fockers,” the third go-around for the “Meet the Parents” franchise, which is built on the difficulty of maintaining the in-law bonds.

“I haven’t told this to my children, but I would if I could think of it,” DeNiro confesses. “Just look at the parents of the person you’re with or interested in, and know that you’re not only getting into it with them, but how they behave, how they are and how you have to interact with them for hopefully the rest of your life. You’re not just marrying the person — you’re attaching yourself to the family for better or worse.”

As a son-in-law, Stiller also notes the ever-tenuous relationship with in-laws that must always be maintained. “I try to be my best possible self with my father-in-law” he says.

As for onscreen, the two have managed to keep their dynamic fresh, considering that in “Little Fockers” we re-join the family right when that legendary “circle of trust” might be broken between DeNiro and Stiller’s characters.

“[It was exciting] to see Jack and Greg’s relationship evolve to a point where Greg’s a little more confident in himself, and then dealing with this situation of Jack losing confidence in him and how he reacts differently,” Stiller says.

 
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