Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese have offered insights into their professional and personal bond that has been endured for more than half a decade.
While conversing with PEOPLE, the Killers Of The Flower Moon actor and its director reflected on their bond that lasted for 50 years based on love and respect.
De Niro,80, who has collaborated with Scorsese,81, in 10 feature films since their pilot project Mean Streets in 1973, said, “I’ve always said, [I’m] very lucky to have started working with Marty in my late 20s and done all these projects together.”
As they both were raised in New York City, De Niro shared, “We knew each other when we were teenagers.”
However, they did not have any connections at that time.
While referring to Scorsese’s 1965 film, he reminisced, “We finally met at Christmas dinner years later and I saw Who's That Knocking [at My Door], and I said, ‘That was a really terrific movie,’”
De Niro continued, “He said, ‘I have the script.’ And Mean Streets was at that time called Season of the Witch, and so that's how it started.”
Following years of their collaboration for many projects, he mentioned that they both have shorthand communications “in some ways,”
The Irish Man star further explained, “I always say this, he's good with everyone. He allows people to do what they can do best and then he'll direct from there.”
“He has very clear ideas but knows not to impose anything and let the people just feel free enough to be expressed as much as they can through whatever they're doing,” he added.
Scorsese also admired the unwavering commitment of De Niro to his work in any role, whether it's shaping the body to play boxer Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull, or learning to speak the Osage language in Killers of the Flower Moon.
“When Bob commits to a role, he starts digging in with research, questions about absolutely everything, from what the character wears to what he eats for breakfast,” said Scorsese.
He added, “The search and the discoveries never stop. He really did fall in love with the language as he went along — at one point, he said that he wanted to do most of his lines in Osage!”
The Oscar-winning filmmaker shared, "At this point, I treasure the sheer longevity, the shared experience and knowledge,” adding, “The trust. The love. And also, the desire to explore together, to go further.”
It is pertinent to mention here that they both collaborated for Taxi Driver, New York, New York, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, Goodfellas, Cape Fear, Casino, The Irishman and Killers of the Flower Moon.
Additionally, they made a humorous brief film, The Audition.
Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese recently worked in Killers of the Flower Moon which received 10 Oscar nominations, including individual nods for both of them.
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