MARTIN Scorseseâs The Departed is nothing short of a masterpiece. With a cast so stacked it seems nearly impossible that weâd ever be able to get them together these days so itâs no wonder weâre still talking about it.
The 2006 crime drama went on to be nominated for five Academy Awards and won four of them, including Best Picture. Itâs hard to believe that a movie clocking in at over two hours can remain so consistently compelling, but with the help of his all-star cast, Scorsese pulls it off.
With a cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Alec Baldwin, and a ton of others, there were bound to be more than a few crazy things happening on set. Here are 10 things you probably didnât know about The Departed.
ITâS A REMAKE
The Departed is actually a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong action film Infernal Affairs, directed by Andy Lau.
âOf course I think the version I made is better,â Lau said. âBut the Hollywood version is pretty good too.â
ROBERT DE NIRO WAS INITIALLY CAST
Scorseseâs old buddy Robert De Niro was offered the roles of Frank Costello or Captain Queenan, but he declined both to go direct his own film, The Good Shepherd.
THEY DROPPED SOME SERIOUS F-BOMBS
The Departed has the most uses of the word âf**kâ in any winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture. It was dropped 237 times.
NICHOLSON WENT METHOD
Jack Nicholson pulled a real gun on Leonardo DiCaprio during the âI smell a ratâ scene, much to everyoneâs surprise. âHe didnât tell me he had a gun,â Scorsese later said. âIt was great âŠ we took a lot out, but Leoâs reaction is real-time. I still get chills when Nicholson says, âI smell a rat.â Itâs so real to me.â
THE CAST WAS ALMOST VERY DIFFERENT
The film was originally planned with Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in the lead roles, but Pitt later declined in favour of using a younger actor and decided to produce instead.
JACK NICHOLSON REFUSED TO WEAR A BOSTON RED SOX HAT
Lifelong New York Yankees fan Jack Nicholson already made a leap playing a Boston mob boss, but putting on a Boston Red Sox hat was too much for him. âI couldnât go that far,â he said. âI stepped outside my job category for that.â
MARTY AND MARKY-MARK DID NOT GET ALONG
Apparently Mark Wahlberg and Martin Scorsese were not friendly. Wahlberg was only supposed to shoot for two weeks, but it turned into four months. âI had problems with Marty,â Wahlberg admitted. âHe was pushing me in different ways.â
IT MARKED A FIRST FOR SCORSESE
Scorsese won his first â and so far only â Oscar for the film. He was nominated for the Best Director Oscar five times before The Departed, and finally took home that statue at the 79th Academy Awards. He has been nominated twice again since then for Best Director for Hugo and The Wolf of Wall Street.
THERE ARE A FEW HOMAGES
Scorsese paid tribute Scarface, one of his favourite films, on multiple occasions in The Departed. Whenever someone dies in the film or discusses murder, Scorsese positions a hidden âXâ in the frame, which is also done in Scarface. He also references the opera whistled every time Tony kills someone â the sextet from Lucia di Lammermoor â when Frank attends the opera in the film.
SULLIVAN ACTUALLY LIVED IN A LIBRARY
That fancy condo that Sullivan holes up in? Itâs actually the top floor of the Suffolk University Law School Library. Hopefully the mess wasnât too much for the librarian to handle.
THE INFAMOUS DILDO WAS JACK NICHOLSONâS IDEA
Who could forget the scene where Frank (Jack Nicholson) demands to meet Colin (Matt Damon) in a porno theatre. Colin arrives there first, only to see a weird guy in a trench coat panting heavily nearby him âŠ and SURPRISE! Hereâs Johnny! (If you catch our drift.)
This, um, striking character detail came from none other than Jack Nicholson himself. âJack suggested the dildo,â the gossip pages reported at the time.
This article was originally published on The Decider