Renowned director Martin Scorsese who is known for cinematic masterpieces such as Goodfellas and Gangs of New York, recently encountered an unexpected twist in his career. His daughter Francesca set up this surprising turn of events through playful antics, thrusting him into the limelight as an overnight TikTok sensation.
During a candid interview with the Los Angeles Times, Martin Scorsese shared the fascinating story of how he found himself on TikTok. He explained, “I’m at home doing things, and she comes up to me and says, ‘Dad, look over here and tell me this.’ So there I am in my pajamas … She said, ‘Well, it’s a thing they’re doing.’ ‘Who’s ‘they’? I asked. She responds, ‘Everybody’s doing it. It’s a thing called TikTok.’ ‘All right. All right.'”
Scorsese expressed surprise at the viral nature of the videos, particularly the movie bracket TikTok where he unknowingly picked Birdman over The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. “I was tricked into that. That was a trick. I didn’t know those things go viral,” he chuckled. Despite the surprise, Scorsese praised his daughter’s eye for capturing the unexpected moments and acknowledged being unaware that the videos would be made public.
In a separate development, the Academy Award-winning actor Brendan Fraser faced criticism for his portrayal of W.S. Hamilton, the corrupt lawyer in Scorsese’s upcoming film, Killers of the Flower Moon.
Addressing the controversy, Scorsese defended Fraser’s eccentric performance, stating, “We thought he’d be great for the lawyer, and I admired his work over the years.” The director emphasized the enjoyable collaboration with Fraser during the shoot, particularly in scenes shared with Leonardo DiCaprio.
Scorsese concluded by highlighting a memorable scene from Killers of the Flower Moon, where Fraser’s character advises DiCaprio’s character, saying, “‘They’re putting a noose around your neck. He’s saving you, dumb boy.'” As the anticipation for Scorsese’s latest film Killers of the Flower Moon builds, this unexpected TikTok journey adds a touch of modernity to the acclaimed director’s illustrious career.