Martin Scorsese has established himself as one of the best directors in the gangster genre after making iconic films such as Goodfellas, Casino, and Gangs New York. However, he took a hiatus from developing such films in the 2000s and began working on films that told a range of different stories.
It surprised many to find out that he was working on 2019’s The Irishman, a big budget film starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci. Questions have arisen as to why he decided to return to sex after so many years, and Scorsese has an answer.
Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro had not worked with Robert De Niro in nearly 25 years
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Earlier in their careers, Scorsese and De Niro built a strong relationship with each other. De Niro has appeared in many Scorsese films, including Fear Fear, Bull running, and Taxi driver. However, their collaborations came to a halt in 1995. Scorsese shared his views during a 2019 interview with BBC Radio 1.
“Looking back, the last time Bob De Niro and I worked together Casino, ”Said Scorsese. “1995.”
Of course there was no bad blood between the two, but neither of them could come to an agreement on what would work together.
“Just around that time we were talking about making other kind of films together, but it grew one way, I went the other way,” Scorsese said. “And whenever we met, we couldn’t necessarily agree with each other’s new projects, did you? ‘No, it’s not for me,’ or ‘Maybe we should do something like this,’ and we kept working with other writers, different projects, different scripts. Until finally, it became a situation where we knew we had to deal with each other. Again. We had to do it. ”
They reconnected after finding a project they both enjoyed
The two were eventually reunited in the late 2010s, as they were both interested in a project about Frankie Machine.
“We started another project with the name – something about Frankie Machine,” said Scorsese. “He got this book from Eric Roth, of course. He was writing Good shepherd for him at the time. ”
After learning more about the De Niro project, he became interested in developing what would be The Irishman.
“When he described the character to me [I] very much involved in this story, ”said Scorsese. “And I saw an emotional connection that said, ‘The best kind of truth we can get, and if we do that. ‘
Scorsese wanted to touch on his previous working relationship with De Niro
Scorsese liked the idea of the two returning to the relationship they had established earlier in life.
“Years have passed, of course, in our lives, but if we could recapture those relationships we had back in the past, at the age of 74, 75, whatever, it might be worth it, ”Scorsese said.
‘The Irishman’ received rave reviews
The Irishman It was a huge hit among critics and attracted millions of viewers in the last few days on Netflix. He was nominated for 10 awards at the 92nd Academy Awards.