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Martin Scorsese talks a little about his forthcoming Sinatra biopic

03.12.2010
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Marty Scorsese recently got chatted up by website ShortList.com and was asked several questions regarding his proposed biopic of Ol' Blue Eyes, SINATRA.

On the current state of the project: "...we’re still working on the Sinatra script. It’s very hard because here is a man who changed the entire image of the Italian-American. And that’s just one thing. Along with his political work, civil rights, the Mob..."

Marty's then asked what films of his might SINATRA most resemble. GOODFELLAS? THE AVIATOR? His response: "I was hoping it would be a combination of the two. Yeah, because in structure I'd like it to be more like GoodFellas. But like The Aviator, it only deals with certain times in his life. We can't go through the greatest hits of Sinatra's life. We tried this already. Just can't do it. So the other way to go is to have three or four different Sinatras. Younger. Older. Middle-aged. Very old. You cut back and forth in time – and you do it through the music. See what I'm saying? So that's what we're trying for. It's very tricky [laughs]."

Before all that, however, Scorsese's asked what actors he'd like to one day work with: "Johnny Depp is one. I like him. He's unique. I don't know how he does it. George Clooney. Brad Pitt is interesting. And Tobey Maguire. There's a lot of good people."

Please keep in mind that these names are NOT directly correlated to SINATRA (Marty has stated that he hasn't spoken to anyone about the film). But, it's always interesting to hear one of the greats go down a wish-list of sorts. But as suggested by The Playlist, how cool would it be if Scorsese pulled a Todd Haynes and cast a big star for every stage of the crooner's life?

Marty's SHUTTER ISLAND is still currently kicking about in theaters (close to becoming only his third film to cross the $100 million mark - THE DEPARTED and THE AVIATOR being the other two). His next project will be the "children's film" THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET.
Extra Tidbit: Want a great Sinatra album? Pick up "In the Wee Small Hours".

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4:58PM on 03/15/2010

I can see...

Jim Caviezel playing the late Sinatra throughout his career. Don't really think this movie will get off the ground, given Sinatra's Mafia affiliations that were all but denied.
Jim Caviezel playing the late Sinatra throughout his career. Don't really think this movie will get off the ground, given Sinatra's Mafia affiliations that were all but denied.
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9:32AM on 03/12/2010

THIS WILL BE SO GOOD IF...

Frank Sinatras is driving a flying lamourgini and has so many sweet fucking rocket launchers and bad ass proximity mines

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Frank Sinatras is driving a flying lamourgini and has so many sweet fucking rocket launchers and bad ass proximity mines

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6:50PM on 03/12/2010
Hey moron, stop it with you fucking link. Your reviews are crap and you have no taste.
Hey moron, stop it with you fucking link. Your reviews are crap and you have no taste.
7:29AM on 03/12/2010

Please no Leo

First off, read the post before THUMBS DOWN, haha.

I love Leo in just about everything he does. He's fairly versatile, but it seems his range has been a bit strained as of late. Maybe it was the ad flood for Shutter Island (a film I didn't care for), or maybe it's just the roles he's been getting recently. I actually think it's got something to do with his voice, that sorta high-pitched, deer in agony rasp. Thoughts?

In any case, I'd hate to see Marty blow this opportunity by going
First off, read the post before THUMBS DOWN, haha.

I love Leo in just about everything he does. He's fairly versatile, but it seems his range has been a bit strained as of late. Maybe it was the ad flood for Shutter Island (a film I didn't care for), or maybe it's just the roles he's been getting recently. I actually think it's got something to do with his voice, that sorta high-pitched, deer in agony rasp. Thoughts?

In any case, I'd hate to see Marty blow this opportunity by going with his trustee Leo. A talented, musically-literate unknown would be great, as the audience could go without preconceived notions. But I think Mr. Merchan's idea of a "through the ages," different actors playing Sinatra would be interesting. I'm a little hesitant about the latter, but Scorsese's done good enough stuff to earn my trust (though, Shutter Island has shaken it).
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