Robert De Niro suits up for Ermenegildo Zegna

Robert De Niro and emerging apprentice McCaul Lombardi share a moment in the City of Angels.

April 17, 2017

Spending the day with Robert De Niro next to a pool in Los Angeles and talking about acting, movies, life and cars was a dream come true for the up and coming actor McCaul Lombardi – especially when you consider that just a few years ago he was sleeping in his car and about to quit acting.

The great De Niro needs no introduction, but the young actor beside him is still making his way in Hollywood. Originally from Baltimore, Lombardi wanted to be an American football star but injury wrecked his chances. He tried modelling in New York and then moved to California at age 18 to take a stab at the movies.

Lombardi appeared in a Lana Del Ray video but, like so many before him, quickly found the LA streets were not paved with gold and after a break up, found himself living in his Chevy Malibu. Demoralised, Lombardi waved the white flag and was driving out of California when a producer called to offer him a part in a James Franco-penned project Age of the Moon.

Lombardi turned his car around and did the movie, which he describes as “an awesome experience that changed my life.” After that came the indie road trip movie American Honey, starring Shia LaBeouf and Sasha Lane.

And now here he is chatting with Robert De Niro. Lombardi and De Niro shared moments together in a mini movie for Ermenegildo Zegna’s spring/ summer collection. After the shoot, Lombardi posted on Instagram and said it was a pleasure and an honour to “come together for a few days with this legendary, awesome and wise man.” Maybe Hollywood does make dreams come true after all.