De Palma reminisces on the Hollywood 'genius' era
The director mumbles something about the era and sits down for an interview. Soon he expounds on the period as being a magical time, with peers like Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and George Lucas.
We were in the era where everyone saw the directors as the geniuses, so we got a lot of opportunities to make any crazy movie that happened to occur to us, the 72-year-old De Palma recalled.
That period of American filmmaking -- the 1960s and `70s -- created many notable relationships, like when De Palma introduced Robert De Niro to Martin Scorsese.
I used Bob De Niro ... in three films before anybody knew who he was, said De Palma, referring to 'The Wedding Party', 'Greetings' and 'Hi, Mom'.
I had read myself that I, very possibly, I introduced Bobby to Marty. I've heard that said; I don't quite remember the instance, De Palma said.
A few years later, Scorsese cast De Niro in 'Mean Streets' as Johnny Boy. The film put both their names on the map. After that, Scorsese directed De Niro in the role that catapulted him to fame -- as Travis Bickle in 'Taxi Driver'.
Ironically, that script was originally given
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