‘The Departed’ by Martin Scorsese, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio spills movie secrets


Martin Scorsese’s 2006 film “The Departed” won the Academy Award for Best Director.

But the 74-year-old has revealed he does not enjoy the making of the film.

Speaking with The Telegraph, the director said that the mob movie almost ruined him emotionally.

Moral Ground Zero, I call it,” Scorsese said of the film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg.

“All the characters [were] killed at the end, in principle, everyone can, and there was no place to go, after that. You know, I was hardly in the press for that movie. I was a bit tired of it. I found it crazy.

“I mean, I love the photo, but the process of making, in particular in the post-production, was highly unpleasant. I said: I don’t care how much I have paid in, will kill me. I will die. Very simple.”

Here are a few fun facts about “The Departed”:

• Jack Nicholson loves to improvise in scenes that his co-stars found to be both inspiring and terrifying.

Leonardo DiCaprio told The Telegraph about a scene in which his character was to convince Nicholson’s character that he is not a police informant.

Apparently Nicholson don’t think DiCaprio was afraid enough of him in the scene, so he raised the stakes the next day.

“So I came in the next day and Jack’s hair was all over the place,” DiCaprio said.

“He was muttering to himself, and the prop man warned me that he has a fire extinguisher, a bottle of whisky, some matches and a handgun somewhere. So I sat down at the table not knowing what to expect, and he set the table on fire after pouring whiskey all over the place and stuck a gun in my face.

“It changed the whole dynamic of the scene, and that’s what he does — he makes you so much better and he makes you respond as an actor, and you have more chance because your character reacts to this homicidal maniac.”

• Brad Pitt, the producer of the film, was originally intended to play the role of Colin Sullivan (who was eventually played by Matt Damon). Why did he drop out?

“I thought it would be better if they were younger guys who are just starting their lives, boys from the academy, the boys who were hungry. I thought I was too old for it,” he said to Interview magazine.

• Ray Winstone played Arnold “frenchy” French in the film, who was the right hand of Jack Nicholson’s character, Frank Costello. Their characters may have, but the two stars were not.

“Me and Jack don’t seem to get on too well,” Winstone said.

“Maybe he was going through a funny time. Everyone loves him to death — I just wanted to say that he is a great guy.

“We just didn’t want to … on the film and it all works, you know? I will probably meet him tomorrow and he will be as good as gold, you know? It happens sometimes, you know.”

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