Robert De Niro Turned Down Two Martin Scorsese Movies
It’s hard to believe that one of Hollywood’s most iconic actor-director collaborations almost didn’t happen, but according to recent reports, Robert De Niro turned down two Martin Scorsese movies early on in their career.
De Niro and Scorsese first worked together on the 1973 film “Mean Streets,” which paved the way for many more successful collaborations like “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” and “Goodfellas.”
However, it has recently been revealed that De Niro initially turned down offers to star in both “Who’s That Knocking at My Door” and “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” two early Scorsese films that helped launch his career as a director.
In an interview with Empire, Scorsese explained that De Niro passed on “Who’s That Knocking at My Door” because he was already working on another film. And when it came to “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” De Niro reportedly told Scorsese that the script just wasn’t for him.
Despite these setbacks, Scorsese and De Niro eventually found their rhythm and went on to create some of the most memorable films in cinema history. The two have remained close over the years, and are set to reunite for the upcoming film “Killers of the Flower Moon.”
While it’s interesting to think about what could have been if De Niro had accepted these roles, it’s safe to say that the duo’s legacy is secure thanks to their numerous collaborations over the years. As fans eagerly await their latest project together, it’s clear that the Scorsese-De Niro partnership will go down in history as one of the greatest in film.