Martin Scorsese has revealed that he regrets one of his many collaborations with Leonardo DiCaprio in a thoughtful interview about his six-decade career.
The legendary 80-year-old filmmaker, who has directed DiCaprio eight times, including his latest drama, Flower Moon Killeradmitted that he has been upset with one particular release in recent years.
In conversation with GQScorsese looked back at the psychological thriller shutter Islandand said he shouldn’t have agreed to direct it.
According to the director, he made the decision in the wake of his long-awaited Oscar success.
Riding high after winning his first Best Director trophy for the 2006 crime drama The departedScorsese felt “encouraged” to take it on shutter Island – but in retrospect he wishes he had joined another project instead.
He told the outlet that winning the Oscar “encouraged me to do another picture.” shutter Island“, but “turns out I probably should have.” Be silent“.
Be silent was Scorsese’s passion project starring Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield, which he shot in 2016. The film is an adaptation of Shūsaku Endō’s novel of the same name and follows two Jesuit priests as they travel to Japan to locate their mentor.
shutter IslandBased on Dennis Lehane’s novel of the same name, the film received generally positive reviews upon its release in 2011 and was even named one of the top ten films of the year by the National Board of Review.
However, in recent years it seems to be increasingly viewed as a lesser work by the director compared to his critically acclaimed works taxi driver (1976), Wild bull (1980) and The age of innocence (1993).
It is also the filmmaker’s only narrative feature released in the last two decades that did not receive an Oscar nomination.
It’s unclear whether Scorsese’s comments also alluded to the two films he made before 2016 Be silent – Hugo (2011) and The Wolf of Wall Street.
Elsewhere in the new interview, Scorsese also touched on several of his other collaborations with DiCaprio, the first of which took place in 2002 Criminal Organizations of New York – A shoot that the director said he struggled with due to producer Harvey Weinstein’s interference.
In the interview, Scorsese said Weinstein’s interference, which led to him making demands on the film’s budget and running time, made him realize “that if I ever had to make films that way again, I wouldn’t be able to work.”
He added: “If that was the only way I could make films then I would have to stop. Because the results were not satisfactory. It was extremely difficult at times and I wouldn’t survive. I would be dead. And so I decided.”
However, Scorsese was lured back The plane (2004), his second collaboration with DiCaprio, in which he was “forced” to work with Weinstein again. The director said filming was going well until Weinstein’s then-company Miramax “did some things that I thought were extremely mean” in the final few weeks of editing.
Scorsese suggests this in the interview despite the difficulties on both sides Criminal Organizations of New York And The planeHe is happy with the outcome of both films. But he revealed that he resisted the studio’s demands to change the ending completely The departed.
Flower Moon Killer is an adaptation of David Grann’s nonfiction book that documents the series of murders that plagued the Osage Indian tribe in Oklahoma in the 1920s after oil was discovered on their land. The case was considered the FBI’s first murder investigation.
The IndependentFilm critic Clarisse Loughrey said in her five-star review that the film carried Scorsese’s “fixations with tradition: the rotten core of the human heart; how power creates the impulse to destroy; the myths of cowboys and outlaws and the dirty truth about them”.
Flower Moon Killer will be the 80-year-old filmmaker’s first film since then The Irishmanwhich was released in cinemas in 2019. It is scheduled to hit theaters on October 20th ahead of its premiere on Apple TV+.