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Martin Scorsese wants Al Pacino and Robert De Niro for his Sinatra biopic?

05.26.2010
Martin Scorsese continues to talk up his SINATRA biopic.

The last time he talked about the project, the legendary filmmaker gave us a bit of interesting insight as to how he might approach the film. Here's what he said: "...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]."

Many names have been tossed around in regards to the casting of Ol' Blue Eyes (names like Leo DiCaprio, George Clooney, Johnny Depp, etc.) though all have been purely speculative. But while doing the press rounds in India for SHUTTER ISLAND (which was just released there this past weekend), national publication The Hindu caught a quote from Scorsese indicating for the first time who he'd like to see in his picture:

"I've had it in mind for a long time. Even the initial script is ready. I'm yet to spot the actor who can bring back Frank Sinatra alive on screen. My choice is Al Pacino, and Robert De Niro as Dean Martin."

Holy shit, what?! While the idea is a ridiculously awesome one for fans of Scorsese, Pacino, and De Niro, the director's words should probably be taken with a huge grain of salt considering that if SINATRA does get made, it wouldn't happen till after THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET, SILENCE (his Jesuit priest drama), and probably THE IRISHMAN (with Bobby De Niro). And anything could happen between now and then.

But, still, the idea is an interesting one to mull over. What say you?
Extra Tidbit: Angela, this one goes out to you and your "Baby Monkey". ;)

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1:29AM on 05/27/2010

RDJ as Dino

Robert Downey Jr. in the opening scene of IM2, decked out in a tux and surrounded by showgirls, had the same cool and wacky vibe as Dino at the Sands in Vegas with his bevy of "Gold Diggers". Dino always played the jokester (the Rat Packer you'd want at your party) -- and Downey matches that image perfectly.
Robert Downey Jr. in the opening scene of IM2, decked out in a tux and surrounded by showgirls, had the same cool and wacky vibe as Dino at the Sands in Vegas with his bevy of "Gold Diggers". Dino always played the jokester (the Rat Packer you'd want at your party) -- and Downey matches that image perfectly.
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8:36PM on 05/26/2010
Why doesn't Scorsese just hire Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Cain, Haley Joel-Osment, and Zack Galifianakis to play him as well?

This is an OBNOXIOUSLY bad idea! NOBODY can possibly play "Blue Eyes"! NOBODY! The only person who could have done it is DEAD, and his name was FRANK SINATRA!

Ugh, this is a terrible, terrible idea. Good freakin' luck, Scorsese; I'm out of here.
Why doesn't Scorsese just hire Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Cain, Haley Joel-Osment, and Zack Galifianakis to play him as well?

This is an OBNOXIOUSLY bad idea! NOBODY can possibly play "Blue Eyes"! NOBODY! The only person who could have done it is DEAD, and his name was FRANK SINATRA!

Ugh, this is a terrible, terrible idea. Good freakin' luck, Scorsese; I'm out of here.
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7:03PM on 05/27/2010
I have to agree.
But since I'm a big fan of Sinatra. who's read some books about his life, I really like to see a movie
I have to agree.
But since I'm a big fan of Sinatra. who's read some books about his life, I really like to see a movie
7:05PM on 05/27/2010
oh and his name was "ol' blue eyes"
oh and his name was "ol' blue eyes"
3:03PM on 05/26/2010
Can't wait Marty!
Can't wait Marty!
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2:53PM on 05/26/2010

Matt Damon

...should play Sinatra....

(He's not Italian, but he resembles Sinatra, IMO)...
...should play Sinatra....

(He's not Italian, but he resembles Sinatra, IMO)...
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2:14PM on 05/26/2010

Perfect Frank Sinatra casting:

Will Smith. uh uh.
Will Smith. uh uh.
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1:25PM on 05/26/2010

show this to Michael Bay STAT!

that picture above is so fucking badass. reminds me of what real film, real acting and real story-telling is all about.
that picture above is so fucking badass. reminds me of what real film, real acting and real story-telling is all about.
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10:33AM on 05/26/2010

?!

I'll just pretend I didn't read that sentence that mentioned Clooney as Sinatra.. that would be one of the worst ideas ever.. together with Pacino playing Sinatra!!
I would really like to see this film happen, but please, not with those actors! They totally don't fit.. Leo would be a great idea. And I could see DeNiro as Martin..
I'll just pretend I didn't read that sentence that mentioned Clooney as Sinatra.. that would be one of the worst ideas ever.. together with Pacino playing Sinatra!!
I would really like to see this film happen, but please, not with those actors! They totally don't fit.. Leo would be a great idea. And I could see DeNiro as Martin..
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10:13AM on 05/26/2010

Why?

Scorsese has Leo on board to play the younger Sinatra which is great casting. The idea of different actors playing Frank at different times is fine, but DeNiro and Pacino just don't fit that mold. They are two of our National Acting Treasures, but they make every role they take now a Bobby D or Pacino character. We don't see the character anymore just the actor. I say just get Leonardo and Rick Baker together for some old-age make-up. Either way this should be a really cool film.
Scorsese has Leo on board to play the younger Sinatra which is great casting. The idea of different actors playing Frank at different times is fine, but DeNiro and Pacino just don't fit that mold. They are two of our National Acting Treasures, but they make every role they take now a Bobby D or Pacino character. We don't see the character anymore just the actor. I say just get Leonardo and Rick Baker together for some old-age make-up. Either way this should be a really cool film.
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9:41AM on 05/26/2010
Wow, his description sounds awesome. It kinda reminds me of "I'm Not There". If DeNiro & Pacino are going to be in the movie, I'm sold already.
Wow, his description sounds awesome. It kinda reminds me of "I'm Not There". If DeNiro & Pacino are going to be in the movie, I'm sold already.
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9:18AM on 05/26/2010
Marty's treatment of Henry Hill, Jake LaMotta and Ace Rothstein are enough for me to give this a thumbs up.

His depiction of Howard Hughes makes it a very weak thumbs up.
Marty's treatment of Henry Hill, Jake LaMotta and Ace Rothstein are enough for me to give this a thumbs up.

His depiction of Howard Hughes makes it a very weak thumbs up.
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8:47AM on 05/26/2010

What the....?

While I am a huge admirer of Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro and idolize Al Pacino, this is not such a good idea. Have never really been into Frank Sinatra but I don't think this is going to work too well. Al Pacino looks too much like Al Pacino. Dean Martin is really a jokey kind of alcoholic, someone with that drunk grin on his face all the time, I don't see DeNiro being able to pull that off (Yes, I know he's a genius and all but even geniuses have their limits).
I don't get it, why
While I am a huge admirer of Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro and idolize Al Pacino, this is not such a good idea. Have never really been into Frank Sinatra but I don't think this is going to work too well. Al Pacino looks too much like Al Pacino. Dean Martin is really a jokey kind of alcoholic, someone with that drunk grin on his face all the time, I don't see DeNiro being able to pull that off (Yes, I know he's a genius and all but even geniuses have their limits).
I don't get it, why hasn't Scorsese made a movie with Pacino before? Now that he's finally getting around to it, why this? Anyone and everyone who would know and appreciate a Frank Sinatra/Dean Martin movie are dead. Their time was way long ago.
Please Scorsese, never mind this Frank Sinatra nonsense, just get a movie together with Pacino and DeNiro with Harvey Keitel or Daniel-Day Lewis as the bad guy. If you want, throw DiCaprio in for good measure but let's get it goin', you guys ain't gettin' any younger...
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8:39AM on 05/26/2010
This will be a good movie, and Scorsese will do a great job after reding how dedicated he is to this film, but I don't know if DeNiro or Pacino would make a good Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. I mean I want this to be a good movie and obviously DeNiro and Pacino can act but I don't know if this is the project for them.
This will be a good movie, and Scorsese will do a great job after reding how dedicated he is to this film, but I don't know if DeNiro or Pacino would make a good Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. I mean I want this to be a good movie and obviously DeNiro and Pacino can act but I don't know if this is the project for them.
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8:21AM on 05/26/2010
His overall description of the project sounds great. As for the casting, I have faith in Scorsese to do what's right for the film.
His overall description of the project sounds great. As for the casting, I have faith in Scorsese to do what's right for the film.
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8:06AM on 05/26/2010

LMAO

Is this a joke? Get Scorsese some pj's and send him to Shutter Island.
Is this a joke? Get Scorsese some pj's and send him to Shutter Island.
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7:44AM on 05/26/2010

Wha....?

Stupid stupid stupid. Can you really picture Pacino as Sinatra? Him watzing around going 'HA! and shouting every five seconds? I would hardly call Pacino slick/smooth/cool. Certainly not nowadays anyway...
Stupid stupid stupid. Can you really picture Pacino as Sinatra? Him watzing around going 'HA! and shouting every five seconds? I would hardly call Pacino slick/smooth/cool. Certainly not nowadays anyway...
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10:34AM on 05/26/2010
Ha!
Ha!
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