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Martin Scorsese reveals why he doesn't go to watch his own movies

Martin Scorsese reveals why he doesn't go to watch his own movies

The director told Variety about his reasons for not watching his own films

Martin Scorsese has revealed why he doesn't go to screenings of his own movies.

There could be any number of reasons why an artist doesn't want to see their own work.

For example, Suicide Squad director David Ayer told UNILAD that he can't watch his own films back after they're done, saying: “I literally can't watch anything I've made, I just see the mistakes or how I could have done better.”

That's certainly one way to look at it, as the saying goes: "Art is never finished, only abandoned."

But what about Scorsese?

Well, the director revealed why he doesn't watch his own movies in theatres in an interview with Variety.

Scorsese and cast members of Killers of the Flower Moon were talking about the movie following a string of Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director for Scorsese.

So what is the reason that Scorsese doesn't watch his movies?

Well, it's rather more mundane than you might think.

Martin Scorsese reflected on watching his own movies.
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Asked if he goes to watch his films at the cinema, he said: "I don’t do that. People talk and move around a lot. I’m short and there’s always a big person in front of me."

There you go, it's because he can't see the screen when a taller person sits in front of him.

He continued: "It’s the same with Broadway — I can’t go to theater. There’s someone in front of me, and I can’t see the stage or hear the show.

"I really enjoy Imax as I get older. You go in, you can sit up in the back and you’re sort of looking up."

Scorsese went on to talk about how people might behave while at the movies, saying: "Regular screenings, I have found the audiences becoming a bit more raucous than they used to be.

"But maybe it’s always like in the ’50s when we used to yell back at the screen."

Scorsese revealed why he doesn't watch his own movies.
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Nonetheless, he was adamant that it is still very important to him to support cinemas, saying: "It’s very important to me to support films while they’re on the big screen. I just wait a while."

Killers of the Flower Moon is about the murders of members of the Osage community between the 1910s and 1930s.

The murders came amid tensions over the reservation that the Osage people lived on after oil was discovered there.

The oil brought a lot of wealth to the Osage, but tragically that money put a target on the back of an already persecuted community.

Around sixty Osage people are known to have been killed over the period, with some unresolved deaths also believed to have been covered-up murders.

Featured Image Credit: Theo Wargo/Getty Images/Paramount Pictures

Topics: News, US News, Martin Scorsese, Film and TV