Martin Scorsese has revealed how he came to work with current muse, Leonardo Di Caprio; it was none other than Robert De Niro who recommended the young actor.
Scorsese told Parade, "I first heard about Leo from Robert De Niro. He told me in passing, 'I just did this thing called This Boy's Life with this kid named Leo DiCaprio. He's really good. You should work with him some day'. And he rarely says that." He added, "He's always really kind about other people, but he rarely says I should work with somebody. I saw What's Eating Gilbert Grape and I didn't realise it was him and he was terrific. And then of course Titanic. I thought he was very good in that. So when the word came around that he liked my movies, and his participation in Gangs of New York was able to get that movie made, a very special relationship started." Really does sound like somewhat of a passing of the torch.
Both men begin production on another film together, The Wolf of Wall Street, in August.