Martin Scorsese recalls Robert De Niro’s blunt reaction when he tried to cast him in The Departed

Martin Scorsese recalled Robert De Niro’s blunt response when asking about signing him The departed.

The filmmaker and the actor have collaborated on 10 films including taxi driver, wild bulland the upcoming crime epic Killer of the Flower Moon.

Between 1995 and 1995, Scorsese and De Niro did not collaborate on a feature film for 24 years casino and 2019 The Irishman. However, De Niro starred in Scorsese’s 2015 short comedy The audition.

In a new interview with meetingScorsese said De Niro actually turned him down several times over the past several years, including for roles in the historical drama Criminal Organizations of New York (2002) and Crime The departed (2006).

“We spoke to Bob about it [starring in The Departed], but he didn’t want to do it,” said the filmmaker. “So, with Bob, after that casino We stopped for a while and I did kundunAnd Bring the dead to life. And then Criminal Organizations of New York. We kept checking, that and everything else.

“He wanted me to do it analyze thatand I said, “We’ve already done it.” It was Goodfellas.’ I spoke to him about other projects and at one point he said, ‘You know what I like to do with you.’ I said OK.’ That would The Irishman, and it lasted nine years. We were always looking. ‘How about The departed?’ “No, I don’t want to do that.” ‘OK.'”

Released in 1999 and directed by Harold Ramis, analyze that saw De Niro play a gangster who starts therapy.

I’m talking about De Niro’s decision to opt out criminal organizations of new york, Scorsese described their interaction as “checking in.”

Joe Pesci, Liotta and Robert De Niro in Goodfellas

(Warner Bros)

“It was just a check-in,” he recalls. “Literally, [De Niro] said, “What are you doing?” “I’m doing this.” Are you interested?’ “No OK.’

“We’ve always talked about it because he’s the only one who knows where I’m from and who I am from when we were 15 or 16 years old. He knows this part of New York.”

Killer of the Flower Moon hits theaters in October.

Emma Bowman

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