Martin Scorsese has 'no more time' to make films

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 May 2023
Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese fears that he is running out of time to make more films

Martin Scorsese has a new understanding of filmmaking but his age means that he has "no more time" to make movies

Martin Scorsese has "no more time" to make movies.

The 80-year-old director's latest film 'Killers of the Flower Moon' is set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and he revealed that he understands filmmaking on a new level but his age is preventing him from telling more stories on the big screen.

Speaking to Deadline, Martin said: "I wish I could take a break for eight weeks and make a film at the same time.

"The whole world has opened up to me, but it's too late. It's too late. I'm old. I read stuff. I see things. I want to tell stories, and there's no more time."

Scorsese explained that he could relate to the legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa who revealed that he was only beginning to truly understand cinema when presented with an honorary Academy Award by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg in 1990.

He said: "Kurosawa, when he got his Oscar, when George and Steven gave it to him, he said, 'I'm only now beginning to see the possibility of what cinema could be, and it's too late.'

"He was 83. At the time, I said, 'What does he mean?' Now I know what he means."

Scorsese teams up with Leonardo DiCaprio for the sixth time on 'Killers of the Flower Moon' and loves working with the 'The Revenant' star as he is a "natural film actor".

The 'Goodfellas' director said: "What's great about Leo, and it's why we work together so often, is, he goes there. He goes to these weird places that are so difficult and convoluted, and through the convolution, somehow there's a clarity that we can reach.

"And usually it's in the expression, in his face, in his eyes. I've always told him this. He's a natural film actor. I could shoot a close-up of him, he could be thinking of nothing, and I could intercut anything with it, and people will say, 'Oh, he's reacting to such and such.'

"There's something in his face that the camera locks into, in his eyes."