'The Departed' is one of Martin Scorsese's best films, and features an amazing cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Wahlberg, amongst others.
There are many little facts and tidbits that many don't know about this modern classic. Read on and have your mind blown!
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1/30) Originally, this remake was planned with Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in the lead roles.
2/30) The word ‘fuck’ is said 237 times in the film. That’s under half as many times as the word is used in another Scorsese film 'The Wolf Of Wall Street'. (569 times).
3/30) The scene where Frank Costello throws cocaine on hookers was one of many bizarre ideas contributed by Jack Nicholson, who also suggested wearing a strap-on for the scene with Matt Damon in the porn theatre.
4/30) One reason why Leonardo DiCaprio did not receive an Oscar nomination for his performance in this movie was because the Warner Bros. Studios initially did not want to favour DiCaprio over his co-stars and place him in the leading actor category. The studio favoured DiCaprio's leading performance in Blood Diamond (2006) (which eventually got him a nomination). DiCaprio himself refused to campaign against his male co-stars in the supporting actor category, so Warner bought no supporting actor ads for DiCaprio, and he did not receive a nomination.
5/30) As research for his character's occupation, Matt Damon worked with a Massachusetts State Police unit out of Boston. He accompanied them on routine patrols, participated in a drug raid and was taught proper police procedures like how to pat down a suspect.
6/30) Martin Scorsese did not realize this was a remake of a Hong Kong movie until after he had agreed to direct it.