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Scorsese: DiCaprio lit my film fire
Martin Scorsese has revealed that collaborating with Leonardo DiCaprio "reignited" his love for movie-making.
The Oscar-winning director admitted that seeing the actor's passion for films made him reassess his own zest and gave him a new appreciation for the art.
"Working together reignited my enthusiasm for making pictures. There's always something more, there's always more to mine with him. He keeps going deeper and deeper," he told The Hollywood Reporter.
The pair first worked together on Gangs Of New York in 2002, and The Wolf Of Wall Street, which will be released in January 17, 2014, marks their fifth consecutive collaboration.
Martin continued: "By the time we made The Aviator, I had made films for, like, 35 years. And it was a matter of, what would I want to spend my time on? And, getting older, what do you have to say? Is it worth spending the time and going through the process? It takes a year-and-a-half to two years of my life each time.
"Leo's enjoyment of the work and the ability to take chances made me excited again. Because Gangs Of New York was a massive project and had been for many, many years, and I was depleted after that. And Aviator was the one where he pulled me back in, and I said, 'Oh, yeah, I'm interested'," the 71-year-old added.
Martin revealed that it was another frequent collaborator Robert De Niro, who told him about Leonardo, after they starred in This Boy's Life in 1993.
"Robert De Niro was the one who told me about Leo. He said, 'I worked with this kid in this film. You should really work with him someday'. And he doesn't usually do that," he said.