Behind the scenes of classic movie scenes

It's one of the most iconic scenes in movie history: the moment in Taxi Driver when sociopathic Vietnam veteran Travis Bickle stands in front of a mirror, talking to himself. He's about to liberate his damsel in distress by storming a seedy Manhattan brothel, and to work himself up repeats again and again to his reflection, "Are you talkin' to me?" It's one of Robert De Niro and director Martin Scorsese's finest moments, but like many great movie scenes it involved a touch of luck.

Just out of camera, Scorsese was lying on the ground only inches away from De Niro; and the reason why the actor kept repeating the famous phrase was because his director kept mouthing "say it again", because he was worried the New York street noise outside was going to ruin the shot. It was only afterwards, when he saw the full take, that Scorsese realised what he'd got.


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