Martin Scorsese’s movies are filled with fun, little details, and 1995’s “Casino” is no exception.
With stars like Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Sharon Stone, the high-energy mobster flick has attracted plenty of attention over the decades for its faith or creative interpretation of the real-life events on which it’s based.
But there are still plenty of new Easter eggs and trivia for even the most die-hard Scorsese fan. Here are a few facts you didn’t know about Scorsese's “Casino.”
It was shot in the Riviera
Scorsese insisted on shooting inside a real casino, so the production took over a section of the Riviera during the less-trafficked graveyard hours, according to Mental Floss. The film even employed real dealers from the casino to make everything look legit.
Scorsese expected it to be censored
The director actually intended one of “Casino’s” more violent scenes, when Joe Pesci puts Carl Ciarfalio’s head in a vise, to be cut by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), according to Shortlist. Scorsese thought it would draw censure and attention from slightly less violent scenes, and so act as a sacrifice, but the MPAA gave no objection to the scene.