Retirement is a dirty word, rarely used by Scorsese, who is currently in preproduction on another gangster drama, The Departed. Slated to shoot next May, with Matt Damon and DiCaprio, it's a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong hit film that revolves around the rivalry between the Boston police force and an Irish-American gang.
Empire Online spoke with director Martin Scorsese and star Leonardo DiCaprio about their next collaboration, The Departed. The crime flick is a remake of the Hong Kong release Infernal Affairs. Matt Damon will co-star. William Monahan penned the script.
"It's a tough, tight, smaller thriller, in a way, about the underworld in Boston. Irish gangsters and the police," said Scorsese, who hasn't seen Infernal Affairs. "Based on a Chinese film, apparently, but very unique in and of itself."
Scorsese was initally wary of doing another gangster movie "but the nature of the game that's played between the characters, whether they're police or gangsters, and the following through of each character to their ultimate fate is fascinating to me."
DiCaprio added that in the film "I'm going undercover to be with the gangster. It's certainly a great chess game – one crooked cop, one semi-good cop who infiltrates the Mob underworld. I'm looking very much forward to it."
A few weeks ago, Matt Damon went on the Late Show with David Letterman to promote his holiday movie sequel, Ocean’s Twelve. Decked out in Red Sox paraphernalia — cap, zippered jacket, coat — Boston’s original famous Damon looked more as if he were promoting his hometown than his career. ("Is there anything left in the [Red Sox] gift shop?" Letterman joked.) After presenting the gap-toothed host, who’d scorned the Sox all season long, with a Sports Illustrated World Series commemorative issue, Damon said he’d been offered VIP access to watch the Red Sox victory parade back in Boston, but had declined in favor of celebrating the once-in-a-lifetime street fête among the feral masses. "I wanted to go stand on the side of the road," said the man who brought Boston to the big screen in Good Will Hunting, stretching his arms high, "and go, ‘Aaaaah!’"
It was a fitting cry for Boston in 2004: the sound of 600,000 perennial runners-up finally finishing first, the noise of one nation under Sox reaffirming its citizenship after decades of contemplating defection, the exhalation of 86 years’ worth of frustration. In 2004, Boston finally stepped out from the hulking shadow of New York City, stopped apologizing for itself, and stood comfortably in its own skin.
1. Children’s song from “My Fair Lady”: The Rain in Spain
The first song that I heard in my life. My aunt taught me the song from “My Fair Lady” and I sang it to my Mom. I still feel like a five-year-old when I hear the first tones. “The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain.”
2. AC/DC: Back in Black
My frustration and compensation song as a ten-year-old. Brian Johnson replaced Bon Scott, who drank himself to death. I still see myself with the tennis racquet on the couch beseeching Angus Young’s ghost and nearly fainting.
3. The Beatles: Eleanor Rigby
When I was 11 I started learning how to play the guitar and my guitar book contained the whole Beatles catalogue. My teacher picked the easiest songs for me and “Eleanor Rigby” has only 3 or 4 chords.
4. The Commodores: Nightshift
My favourite song as a teenager. My buddy Ben Affleck was 8 and I was 10 years old when we became friends. We spurred each other on in our delusion to become actors. I trust Ben, including his taste for music. We even had a joint bank account. For us the Commodores were the coolest guys and we fantasized that we could ever be so cool. Without the Afro-hair.
5. Bruce Springsteen: I’m on Fire
At the age of 14 I fell in love with a girl but was too shy to talk to her. “Only you can cool my desire.” I don’t know how often I listened to that song back then – but it was not supposed to happen: The girl went out with an older boy.
6. Elliott Smith: Miss Misery
Gus Van Sant found this incredibly beautiful and sad song when he compiled the soundtrack for “Good Will Hunting”. I saw Elliott at the Academy Awards ceremony back then for the last time before he killed himself. He was nominated for that song and he performed it right after that grandiose “Titanic” song by Celine Dion. The stage turned and there was Elliott, only with his guitar. I still get goose-pimples when I think about that evening.
7. David Allan Coe: Take this Job and Shove it
That old country song by the Nashville outlaw and Redneck David Allan Coe gave me lots of comfort at separations. It deals with the loss of motivation to work when you are deserted by your girlfriend.
8. Radiohead: Pyramid Song
My favourite song for trips through the South Californian desert by night. All songs from “Amnesiac” are perfectly suitable for that but “Pyramid Song” is the best. In the mornings I rather listen to “OK Computer” or “Pablo Honey”. Radiohead is one of the bands that we both, me and my girlfriend Luciana, love and listen to. We adore Thom Yorke.
9. Chet Baker: My Funny Valentine
“The Talented Mr Ripley” is about absolute alienation, and that is why I personally associate Chet Baker’s song most with that state of mind. Even though it deals with a different issue. I used to listen to it on set to focus more on the character. It possesses a certain coldness.
10. Outkast: Hey Ya!
When filming “The Bourne Supremacy” in Berlin I jogged along to that song in the park behind the Brandenburg Gate. I have it on my iPod. At the moment I don’t know one song that cheers me up and takes me out of myself more. In my opinion Andre 3000 and Big Boi are the most innovative musical entertainers today.