It changed the whole dynamic of the scene...."
What’s it like to work with Jack Nicholson?
According to DiCaprio, they filmed the scene once and Nicholson said to Scorsese: "I don't think he's scared enough of me; I have to be scarier."
DiCaprio continues: "So I came in the next day and Jack's hair was all over the place. He was muttering to himself and the prop guy tipped me off that he had a fire extinguisher, a bottle of whisky, some matches and a handgun somewhere. So I sat down at the table not knowing what to expect, and he set the table on fire after pouring whisky all over the place and stuck a gun in my face.
"It changed the whole dynamic of the scene, and that's what he does – he makes you so much better and he makes you react as an actor, and you take more chances because your character is reacting to this homicidal maniac."
Wahlberg, who plays a tough-talking detective, says succinctly: "Jack is crazy, man. He's always got some sort of weapon on him. He had everybody on their toes."
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