Martin has the resume of a master—Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, The Grifters, Goodfellas, Casino…the list goes on. A visionary, Scorsese has been nominated seven times for an Oscar®, but has not won yet. He says he's been disappointed, but regardless, he feels overwhelmingly blessed.
"I learned right away [in the mid '70s], myself and Paul Schrader, the writer of Taxi Driver, were not nominated as director, not even nominated as writer," Martin says. "So that film was directed and the actors were nominated, and I thought maybe I'm on a different course. I said to myself, 'At least the film is up there, and it's got some recognition.' I mean, the best thing in life is you get to make the movies you want to make. Thank God I've been able to do that."
The beautiful actress Kate Beckinsale also stars in The Aviator as legendary screen siren Ava Gardner. She only had one night to prepare for her audition with Martin and read with Leo.
Kate: I locked myself in a room with [Ava's] movies and scared my husband with the rocking back and forth, watching her and trying to kind of capture her voice and everything. Then [Martin] asked me to come not looking too contemporary.
Leo: She was Ava when she walked in. Absolutely.
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