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‘Parents’ meet N.Y.

Stiller terrified, tortured by De Niro

NEW YORK — “They had a perfect chemistry. Ben was terrified of Bob and Bob enjoyed torturing Ben,” helmer Jay Roach said about Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro at Universal’s “Meet the Parents,” special screening Wednesday night.

Both De Niro and Stiller were among the 100 or so at the Tribeca Grand Hotel along with their co-stars Blythe Danner, Phyllis George, (both with casts on their injured feet) Teri Polo and Jon Abrahams.

Stiller, who plays De Niro’s future son-in-law in the film, admitted to being a bit intimidated at first by the vet.

“I don’t think there is any way not to be aware of his presence and what he has done,” Stiller said.

Producer Jane Rosenthal said the highlight of making this film was working with the top-notch cast.

“This cast and Jay Roach, I mean it doesn’t get any better than that. Everybody really played at the top of their game and that was great,” Rosenthal said during a post-screening dinner at the hotel.

De Niro said he too enjoyed working with the cast and that Roach was one of the aspects that drew him to the project.

“He had good sensibilities about the script and was open to things and that just made it so much more easy. It wasn’t anybody that had an attitude and that to me is very important,” De Niro said.

Others who attended the cozy soiree included Seagram topper Edgar Bronfman Jr., Canal Plus honcho Pierre Lescure and U’s Ron Meyer and Kevin Mischer, guests Regis Philbin with wife Joy, Michael Gelman and Al Roker.

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