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.
Saul Bass did the opening credits
It’s hard to get excited about an opening credits sequence, but Saul Bass was a master of the underappreciated art form. He lent his talents to several Alfred Hitchcock movies like “Vertigo” and “North by Northwest,” as well as “West Side Story,” “Spartacus,” and “Casino,” which would be Bass’s last project before his death.
Joe Pesci broke a rib
Pesci probably should have known he would be injured if he played opposite De Niro in another film. About 15 years after De Niro broke one of Pesci’s ribs while filming “Raging Bull,” Mental Floss reports, Pesci broke the same rib again in “Casino,” during his character’s final scene in which he’s beaten with a baseball bat.
The costume budget was $1 million
“Casino” is a flashy movie full of flashy people with plenty of expensive-looking clothing, but it’s still hard to see how all those costumes could add up to a million bucks. De Niro alone had 70 different outfits, while Sharon Stone got 30. The actors were both allowed to keep their wardrobes after wrap, according to Shortlist.