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ziggfried
(acolyte)
05/02/04 10:57 AM
Martin Scorsese  

“Back in 1983 we originally cast Sting, and I think part of what we did was something that William Wyler and the writers sort of did for Ben-Hur, and that was that the Jewish in Ben-Hur were played by Americans, and the Romans were played by British, just for a change in accent…So we did the same here. That wasn’t necessarily to imply anything in a derogratory way about the British, but it gave us a clear change in accent, a very precise change in accent, different from the accents of the Apostles…We felt that Pontius Pilate should be young and imperious in a way, and have a certain charisma…Five or six years later, Sting was unavailable, and I’m a great fan of David Bowie, and I asked him if he would do it, and he said he would. So he came down to Meknés for about three days, and we had a leather toga created for him.”

Martin Scorsese, audio commentary for The Last Temptation Of Christ: The Criterion Collection, recorded in 1997



ziggfried
(acolyte)
05/02/04 11:20 AM
Re: Martin Scorsese new [re: ziggfried]  

"I have, on the whole, avoided Hollywood like the plague. One cameo for Scorsese (Pontius Pilate in The Last Temptation of Christ) to me brings so much more satisfaction than, say, a James Bond. For instance, I turned down the part of the villain 'Zorin' in A View To Kill as it simply was a terrible script and I saw little reason for spending so long on something that bad, that workmanlike. And I told them so. I don't think anyone had turned down a 'major' role in a Bond before. It really didn't go down too well at all. They were very tetchy about it."

David Bowie, Film Threat, 27 July 2002



AdamAdministrator
(acolyte)
05/03/04 06:28 AM
Re: Martin Scorsese new [re: ziggfried]  

(Speaking of Scorsese and Schrader's plans for a long forthcoming film)

They've got Harvey Keitel to play Pontius Pilate and I think at one point it was supposed to be De Niro as Jesus, but now I think they've gone for an unknown. Strangely enough, they cannot raise a cent of finance for it in America.

David Bowie, 1984, during the shooting for the Jazzin for Blue Jean video, Nic Pegg Page 382




ziggfried
(acolyte)
11/28/04 11:05 AM
Re: Martin Scorsese new [re: ziggfried]  

"The few [films] I've made that were successful were because I homed in on the directors, as they had something I wanted to know about. And just...curiosity. I wonder what Scorsese's like - well you'll find out, he's offered you a role. Right! With somebody like that you don't even question the role. You say - Scorsese? Yeah, I'm doing it.

"That's the impetus for me. Whenever I choose roles, it's usually a joke. I've now learned that my gut instinct is right - just go because you think the guy making it is interesting. And generally then I'll have a better time and be able to live with the end result."

David Bowie, Ikon, October 1995




ziggfried
(acolyte)
07/12/05 11:27 AM
Re: Martin Scorsese new [re: ziggfried]  

"I brought back most of the original cast - Harvey Keitel, Barbara Hershey and others - except Sting, who had been going to play Pilate. He was busy on the Amnesty tours and he spoke to me in Morocco, but though we tried to work something out between his dates we couldn't. However, I'd always wanted to work with David Bowie, and he ended up flying to Morocco and doing his scene in one day."

Martin Scorsese, Scorsese On Scorsese (2003 edition), p.126




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