Go Shoot Yourself: Evaluating the Acting Chops of Directors Who Cast Themselves

Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese does not show up in every one of his movies. And when he does, it's often in an easy-to-miss cameo (a photographer in Hugo and The Age of Innocence, a homeowner being forced out in Gangs of New York). But fans rejoice when he gives himself any sort of extended screen time, like when he played a passenger of Travis Bickle's in Taxi Driver. Scorsese's iconic mile-a-minute mouth is always a welcome addition to one of his projects, but in small doses only; can you imagine how exhausting it would be to follow his thought process for two full hours?

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