[Movies] Martin Scorsese Says He Only Has a Few Films Left In Him
Posted by Joseph Lee on 12.11.2013
Nearing the end of his career...
Director Martin Scorsese spoke at the Marrakech Film Festival (via Indiewire) and revealed that he only has a few more films left in his career. Here are highlights:
On working with Leonardo DiCaprio: "With Leonardo DiCaprio it's different, I'm 30 years older than him. De Niro introduced me to Leo, by saying to me, 'I'm working with this young boy and you should work with him one day,' and I found that Leo liked the movies we made in the past and he has the same sensibilities, similar interests. He has great courage and a fearlessness in the work. He's not afraid to go to certain emotional places [or tackle] psychological issues. And it's a tricky thing with Leo because he became a major box office star with 'Titanic.' When I did 'Gangs of New York' and 'The Aviator,' people kept asking me, 'is he an actor?' I said yes. I saw 'What's Eating Gilbert's Grape,' the film he did with De Niro, 'This Boy's Life' before 'Titanic.' So there's a stigma there which people still refer to. But we found that he regenerated my enthusiasm for making films. Mainly because as you get older it gets physically difficult and also the business especially — the financial issues. You're responsible for a lot of money, if you get it. It's all pressure, but can you do it? His enthusiasm and excitement really kept me going, for another five pictures now.'
On only having a few films left: "Desire? Yes, I have the desire to make many films, but as of now I'm 71 and there's only a couple more left if I get to make them. I miss the time when I had the desire to experiment and try different kinds of films, I miss that time, but that's done, it's over. There is obligation as you get older, you have family. I've been very lucky in the last 10 years or so, to have found projects that combine the desire, the subject matter—from "The Aviator" to now—with, as best I can, fulfilling the obligation to my family and the financiers."
On working with Robert De Niro: "The reality is De Niro, in 1959 or 1960, he was in the neighborhood, the streets that I was on. We knew each other. We weren't friends then, but he's the only one alive working in cinema, in this business, who knows who I am and where I come from. That's it. He'll just look at me and… We know. Now, we're older, much older. We were able to work together on a series of films where we mined some very deep emotions and psychological issues. It wasn't always pleasant. It was all based on trust. There was no pretension in him in that way because we dealt with what we knew, we were attracted to the same stories, the same characters, the same risks. It wasn't the issue of De Niro going, "Marty, we should do 'A Midsummer's Night Dream' next or we should do 'Richard The III,'" (which I like). But that's not what we do. We are from here and this is what we know. We never even had to say that [to each other], we would just gravitate to these stories. We knew we were barbarians in that sense."