Yes, Leonardo di Caprio and Robert de Niro are now competing against each other for a role in the upcoming Philippine movie, City of Dreams Manila. And apparently, legendary Hollywood filmmaker Martin Scorsese acts as the mediator between the two of Hollywood’s greatest actors.
As shown in the YouTube video titled “The Audition – City of Dreams Manila” uploaded this Sunday, Scorsese welcomes De Niro and Di Carpio as they both arrived in Manila. According to Oscar-winning director, both actors are technically competing for the same role in the said movie.
“The main thing is to enjoy yourselves first. What I want you to see where we are, in Manila because this place is incredible, fantastic.” Scorsese said to the two confused but excited actors.
“Not that you’re competing, it’s more like you’re buying for the same part.” Scorsese added, with some video clips showing De Niro and Di Carpio separately as they prepare for the competition. Later, the two actors could not help but to exchange words.
“I’m gonna tell you something. I’ll get this role.” Di Carpio tells De Niro, who replied, “I’m gonna get this part.” Apparently, they continue exchanging words until the end of the one-minute video.
But in case you don’t know, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo di Caprio and Robert de Niro are good friends in real life. In 1973, Scorsese directed “Mean Streets,” starring Harvey Keitel and Robert de Niro, who won the Best Supporting Actor award by the National Society of Film Critics.
In 1976, Scorsese directed “Taxi Driver” with Keitel and De Niro again, this time with Jodie Foster, who was then only 14 years old but was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in the Oscars. The said movie is being cited as one of the greatest films of all time. De Niro made more movies with Scorsese.
In 1993, Robert de Niro and Leonardo di Caprio, who was only 19 years old that time, appeared in “This Boy’s Life.” In 2002, Scorsese directed di Caprio in the “Gangs of New York,” which also featured Cameron Diaz and Daniel Day-Lewis. The movie was nominated for Best Picture in the Oscars.
Scorsese and di Caprio worked again in the 2004 biographical drama film, “The Aviator.” The movie was not only a blockbuster, but also received 11 Academy award nominations including including Best Picture, Best Actor for di Caprio, and Best Director for Scorsese.
Scorsese directed di Caprio in two more movies. This includes the 2006 hit “The Departed,” which also starred Jack Nicholson Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, among others. The fourth movie of di Caprio directed by Scorsese was Shutter Island, which started filming in 2008 but was released in 2010.
Back to the supposed City of Dreams Manila movie, earlier reports said that Brad Pitt is set to appear on a similar video. De Niro, Pitt, and di Caprio reportedly received a whooping $13 million each. The same short film was also released in Macao, for Studio City, a Hollywood-inspired, gaming and entertainment complex.
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