The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon via YouTube
Nick Romano
April 16, 2016 AT 03:00 PM EDT

Robert De Niro had some encounters with virtual reality in the past, but nothing that placed him in a virtual world of solitary confinement. 

“It was interesting,” the actor told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, “the whole experience of getting a sense of what solitary confinement, and this particular exhibit, if you will, was about…showing how horrible it was.” 

The exhibit, called 6×9: An Immersive Experience of Solitary Confinement, is an installation from The Guardian set up for the Tribeca Film Festival, of which De Niro is a cofounder. The project seeks to shed light on the conditions inflicted on the prison population in the U.S. 

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Fallon commented on the technology’s impact on the film industry, and De Niro said he’s already seen it incorporated. “We’re doing it in a movie that I’m doing with [Martin] Scorsese. The title of it now is called The Irishman where, there are earlier years where we’re younger and we’ve been doing tests to show that we’re younger, obviously, 30 years or so.”

He added, “It’s getting more and more perfected, and that’ll extend my career another 30, 40, 50 years.”

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