Filmmaker Martin Scorsese says he wants to live his life to the hilt at 70. The 70-year-old Oscar-award winning filmmaker chats about how he forged a career spanning more than 45 years, from which actor he learned the most and how striving to be in the league of the greatest film directors keeps him making more movies.
Why are you still driven to do what you do?
I am not satisfied with the work. I just don’t know.
Some people might find that incredible coming from you?
I know if I was inspired by 2280 films, I will never be able to equal that feeling of a transcendence. So I may never be in that league with my own films, for myself. Maybe that is why I am trying.
So it’s important to be in that league of directors?
Yes. I would like to be one of them. So I am trying to make it, as much as possible, to make the stories count, the ones I have left.
What about another movie for kids after Hugo?
I don’t know if I have time...the time isn’t left, but if something like that comes up, I wouldn’t mind trying again.
It’s often noted that you work with the same actors — Harvey Keitel, Daneil Day-Lewis, Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio. Which of those did you learn the most from or vice versa?
De Niro and I, we struck out. He was really an actor. I think I learned the most from him. My mother would look at Bob and Harvey Keitel and was like, ‘These are my son’s friends,’ she didn’t think of them as major actors. And so I learned a lot during that period from how one could shape an actor or a performance. And I just applied it over the years, of course with Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, it goes on like that. And then finding someone like Leo DiCaprio, who really liked my movies before we met, and being able to discover with him, it’s another generation, you see.