Crying on cue is a skill that is, surprisingly, harder than it looks. Whether you are someone who never cries, cries a normal amount or always cries, doing it on command can be a challenge.

That’s why some actors, especially comedians like Sebastian Maniscalco, struggle when it comes to crying for deeper, emotional scenes.

Thankfully, Maniscalco had the sage advice of the iconic Robert De Niro and learned a lovely lesson in empathy in the process.