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Acclaimed director Martin Scorsese spent two years, frame by frame, crafting The Aviator and says he considers it an honor to direct a film about so legendary a life. The Aviator is Martin's second film with Leo, having previously worked with him on Gangs of New York.

"We worked closely together on Gangs of New York and got to know each other that way and also got to know each other as people," Martin says. "Even though we're different generations, I'm 30 years older, we found that we seem to be drawn to the similar themes, characters and history. Not only that, music and all sorts of things we found we had in common. I think for me, though, the ability with Leo was the sense of how he was able to tackle any character with tragic flaws, even like Howard Hughes, and make you care about him."
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FROM: Leonardo DiCaprio's First Time on Oprah
Published on December 06, 2004

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