“But he didn’t want to do it”: Robert De Niro Made a Blunder and Refused to Work in Martin Scorsese’s $289 Million Movie That Won 4 Oscars

"But he didn't want to do it": Robert De Niro Made a Blunder and Refused to Work in Martin Scorsese's $289 Million Movie That Won 4 Oscars
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Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese are a match made in heaven. This iconic actor-director duo have collaborated on 10 films over almost 5 decades with multiple awards and recognitions to their names. From their earlier partnerships in GoodFellas, Raging Bull, and Taxi Driver to their more recent ventures like The Irishman, Scorsese, and DeNiro have cemented their place in Hollywood as possibly the most successful actor-director pair.

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Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro

The two veterans are not done yet. Scorsese and De Niro are taking their golden partnership further with their latest project together titled Killers of the Flower Moon which is due to release in October 2023. Despite a seamless personal and professional relationship that both celebrities share over their common love for cinema, the director revealed a blockbuster film that his favorite actor rejected.

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Robert De Niro Rejected Martin Scorsese’s The Departed

With a flawless track record of one blockbuster film after another, Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese are undoubtedly the hottest creative collaboration in Hollywood. But Scorsese once revealed that De Niro was never one to accept all of his film offers. As hard as it is to believe, The Taxi Driver actor rejected one of the director’s cult films stating that he wasn’t keen on doing it. The film in question was one of Scorsese’s top grossers, the Academy Award winning The Departed. It earned a total of over 280 million dollars at the box office while also winning critical acclaim by winning 4 Oscars that year.

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Martin Scorsese accepting the Oscar for The Departed

Despite the Meet the Parents star’s costly miss, the veteran director in an interview with Deadline, spoke about how fate always brought both DeNiro and him back together despite not working with each other for long stretches of time. With their 11th film scheduled to premiere in a few months, audiences and critics will be eager to see more of the Scorsese-De Niro magic.

Also Read: Robert De Niro Refused Martin Scorsese’s $291M Oscar Winning Movie to Direct His Own Film With Matt Damon That Was Hated by the CIA

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Two Martin Scorsese Favorites Will Unite In Killers Of The Flower Moon

Apart from Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese’s lucky charm is undoubtedly Leonardo DiCaprio. The Titanic actor has been part of 6 of the director’s films. Now two of Scorsese’s favorites will share screen space in the filmmaker’s latest project, Killers of the Flower Moon. The film is a Western crime drama based on the non-fiction book of the same name by David Grann. The plot centers around a series of Oklahoma murders in the Osage Region during the 1920s which were committed after oil was discovered on tribal land.

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Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio in Killers of the Flower Moon

The film which also stars other big Hollywood A-listers like John Lithgow and latest Oscar winner Brendan Fraser, will aim to shed light on the struggles and challenges of the Native Americans and their indigenous tribes. With DiCaprio and De Niro having a complete understanding of Scorsese’s method of operation, the film already looks to be on its way to success.

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Killers of the Flower Moon will release on October 6th, 2023.

Also Read: “I don’t give a F*ck”: Mark Wahlberg Refused to Follow Martin Scorsese’s Instruction and Cursed Him While Shooting Oscar Winning Movie ‘The Departed’

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Sharanya Sankar, Writer for Fandomwire
Having completed her Masters degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Sharanya has a solid foundation in writing which is also one of her passions. She has worked previously with Book My show for a couple of years where she gained experience reviewing films and writing feature articles. Sharanya’s articles on film and pop culture have also been published on Film Companion, a popular film-based website. Apart from movies and pop culture, her interests include music and sports. She has contributed over 650 articles to Fandomwire so far.