Martin Scorsese says he couldn’t get a Hollywood studio to back his three-and-a-half-hour mob movie The Irishman. “Nobody was interested in making a film with me and Bob [Robert De Niro] anymore,” he said. “I just think they thought the audience wasn’t there.” Possibly.
Although I think they probably ran the numbers first. I mean, if you’re a studio exec and have one of the greatest movie directors of all time pitching an idea in a genre he’s made his own, starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, you’d listen, wouldn’t you? imagine it came down to money and cautiousness.
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