Robert De Niro has suggested his wife believes that vaccines are connected to his 18-year-old son’s autism.

In an emotional Today show interview the actor defended the controversial film Vaxxed.

During his interview, the actor commented on the controversy that sparked after “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Conspiracy,” was recently pulled from the Tribeca Film Festival lineup. The anti-vaccination film is billed as an investigation into a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study that found the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine does not cause autism.

“I think the movie is something that people should see. I, as a parent with a child who has autism, am concerned. I want to know the truth,” he told Savannah Guthrie and Willie Geist. “And I’m not anti-vaccine, I want safe vaccines.”

He added: “There are many people who will come out and say, ‘No, I saw my kid change, like, over night, I saw what happened. I should have done something and I didn’t.’ So there’s more to this than meets the eye. Believe me.”

“For me to get so upset here today, on the Today show with you guys, means there’s something there,” he said. “That’s all I wanted, was for the movie to be seen. People can make their own judgment, but you must see it. There’s other things that just document and show. It’s not a simple thing … I’m not a scientist, but I’ve seen so much reaction of just ‘let’s find out the truth’, so let’s just find out the truth.”

An overwhelming body of scientific research has found no connection between vaccines and autism.

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  • Absolutely. Vaccines suck, they are too dangerous with too many risks. We do need vaccines. Lets make them safer!


  • The whole vaccine debate is huge, not matter what a parent wants their child to be happy and healthy


  • I hope that there is no link. I hope vaccines are safe. Both my son’s are up to date with theirs


  • It’s really scarey the number of parents who are choosing not to vaccinate their children, most without being fully informed. These deadly diseases are on the increase and for what?! No scientific evidence to back up the autism claims and still parents are not vaccinating. Sad and scarey


  • Some babies show symptoms of Autism and similar issues before vaccinations have started for some babies, especially if they have been delayed because they are sick with anything.
    Children in USA are sometimes diagnosed and therapies started before the age of 2 y.o. – including speech therapy. Children in Aust. are not diagnosed until about the age of 4 in many cases.


  • Hopefully people are sensible enough to make decisions based on facts and the information provided by their health practioners and not the opinions of celebrities.


  • Silly celebrities spreading ignorance and misinformation.


  • Because he is a movie star means that he will be listened to and believed – I do hope that the fact that he still isn’t anti-vaccine is also believed.


  • They’re safer than the alternative – horrible illnesses.


  • People have linked vaccines to autism because signs of autism begin to show at the same age the vaccine is given.


  • The fact that time and time again research proves that there is no direct link between vaccines and autism should be enough. I still don’t think the film should have been pulled though. If people are to believe an independent film over hard scientific facts then that’s their judgement.


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