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Old 11-28-2011, 01:51 AM
 
Location: san francisco
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I was watching youtube... and I was watching Tarantino comment on Taxi Driver and how he praised Harvey Keitel's character, Sport, for being such a great character in the film. Then it got me thinking about who my favorite characters are in all of Scorsese films. Albeit, I haven't seen some of his films... namely his first two films and The Color of Money (don't know why haven't seen this one)... but anyways, I'll give you my top 10. Here it is... and let's hear yours!

1. Tommy Devito - played by Joe Pesci in Goodfellas
2. Travis Bickle - by Deniro in Taxi Driver
3. Ginger McKenna - by Sharon Stone in Casino
4. Jake La Motta - by Deniro in Raging Bull
5. Sport - by Harvey Keitel in Taxi Driver
6. Rupert Pupkin - by Deniro in King of Comedy
7. Frank Costello - by Jack Nicholson in The Departed
8. Jesus Christ - by Willem Dafoe in Last Temptation
9. Bill "the Butcher" Cutting - by Daniel-Day Lewis in Gangs of NY
10. Collin Sullivan - by Matt Damon in The Departed

yup... that's about it... no thanks to DiCaprio's characters, except in The Departed, but had I included him I'd of also included Nicolas Cage in "Bringing Out the Dead". I feel that film and Cage's performance is quite underrated.
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Old 12-01-2011, 05:11 PM
 
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Daniel Day Lewis in Age of Innocence - somehow it sounds like that movie escaped you.
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Old 12-01-2011, 07:50 PM
 
Location: The Big Orange (CA)
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Daniel Day Lewis in Age of Innocence - somehow it sounds like that movie escaped you.
Here

I love that movie, and the original novel. And he's simply perfect, as usual.
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Old 12-01-2011, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Under a bridge
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I wish Scorsese would have used the real life names in Casino. I'm thinking he didn't get permission from relatives. These are my favorite all-time Martin Scorsese characters and all from Casino: (real life names in parenthesis)


Nicky Santoro (Anthony Spilotro) by Joe Pesci
Ginger McKenna (Geraldine McGee Rosenthal) by Sharon Stone
Ace Rothstein (Frank 'Lefty' Rosenthal) by Robert DeNiro

-Cheers.
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Old 12-02-2011, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Scranton, PA
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Good thread!

Really hard to pick. But..

1. Tommy Devito - played by Joe Pesci in Goodfellas
2. Travis Bickle - by Deniro in Taxi Driver
3. Ginger McKenna - by Sharon Stone in Casino
4. Jake La Motta - by Deniro in Raging Bull
7. Frank Costello - by Jack Nicholson in The Departed
9. Bill "the Butcher" Cutting - by Daniel-Day Lewis in Gangs of NY

The OPs choices pretty much hit a bullseye for my favorites.
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Old 12-02-2011, 12:35 PM
 
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Instead of listing the obvious ones, I thought I'd list some of my favorite minor characters in Scorcese films.

Peter Boyle as Wizard in Taxi Driver - There's a funny scene where he's trying to explain his philosophy of being a cab driver to Travis and he's like "That's the dumbest thing I've heard," and Wizard replies back "It's not Bertrand Russell. But what do you want? I'm a cabbie. What do I know? I don't even know what the f--k you're talking about."

Don Rickles as Billy Sherbert in Casino - Rickles was ace as a casino floor manager. I think Rickles had been around the Vegas scene enough that this one was a natural role for him.

Brendan Gleeson as Walter "Monk" McGinn in Gangs of New York - Love the line "Well that was bloody Shakespearian. Do you know who Shakespeare is? He wrote the King James Bible."

Mark Walhberg's character(Can't remember the name) in the Departed - Marky Mark is only good when he plays Boston micks. Also Baldwin's character is pretty funny in this movie as well.

Also I like Frank Vincent's characters in the Scorcese films he's in(Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and Casino)...He's always either getting beaten and/or killed by Joe Pesci--except in Casino where it's the other way around. That being said he plays a great wise guy.
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Old 12-03-2011, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Houston, texas
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Robert De Niro as Max Cady and Juliette Lewis as Danielle Bowden in Scorcese's remake of Cape Fear.
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Old 12-03-2011, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Asheville
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good topic

most of mine have already been mentioned.

I loved "after hours"

so Griffin Dunne and the rest of the cast of charactors
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Old 12-05-2011, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Frank Costello!
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Old 12-27-2011, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Boxcar Bertha (Barbra Hershey).
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