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Jack Nicholson’s Improv Scared Leonardo DiCaprio Senseless On The Set Of The


In an article for Variety, Nicholson details how he liked to improvise his part as Frank Costello. Scorsese was always very receptive to improvisation, a trait Nicholson confirms by saying, “Marty is very free with his ideas and very receptive to yours.” In regards to his character as Frank, Nicholson explains that “we built this character layer by layer.”

In one of the many intense conversations between Frank and Billy, Nicholson “wanted to come up with something different.” He tells Variety:

“There’s a scene in a bar where I’m scaring the s*** out of Leo’s character with a gun. There wasn’t any gun in the script … I asked the prop master to hide a gun on the set, and to bring a fire extinguisher as well … the look on [the prop master’s] face when I asked for that fire extinguisher was priceless.”

No fire extinguisher makes it into the actual scene, but Nicholson’s decision to intimidate DiCaprio’s character with a gun was absolutely the right one. DiCaprio appears genuinely surprised by the appearance of the weapon, and the scene is one of the best interrogations in the entire film. 



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