The Departed isn’t just a great Martin Scorsese – it’s a crime drama boasting arguably the best cast in recent memory.
Martin Scorsese’s crime drama told the story of mob boss Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) and his planting of a mole (Matt Damon) in the Massachusetts police department. At the same time, the police assign a state trooper (Leonardo DiCaprio) to go undercover in Frank’s gang.
To celebrate this momentous milestone, here are ten things you might not know about modern-day classic The Departed.
Robert DeNiro was initially cast in the role of Frank Costello but eventually dropped out in order to direct and star in The Good Shepherd.
Martin Scorsese won his first and (so far) only Oscar for this movie. He has been nominated 8 times.
That incredible cast didn’t come cheap. Roughly about 50% of the film’s $90 million budget went on the actor’s salaries.
The film was originally supposed to star Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in the roles that eventually went to DiCaprio and Damon.
The F word is said a total of 237 times throughout the movie. Somehow that’s still less than half of The Wolf of Wall Street’s 569 times.
Jack Nicholson was allowed to improvise most of his scenes – including the scene where Billy and Frank talk and he pulls out the gun, DiCaprio had no idea he was going to do that.
The film won Oscars in four categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing. Mark Wahlberg was nominated for Best Supporting Actor but didn’t win.
Frank Costello is loosely based on real-life gangster Whitney Bulger. Bulger was on the run from the authorities when The Departed was released, he was eventually apprehended in 2011 after being on the run for 16 years.
Whenever anybody is killed onscreen, Scorsese had a hidden “X” positioned somewhere in the frame as an homage to the 1932 version of Scarface which does the same thing.
The film is a remake of a 2002 Hong Kong crime-thriller called Infernal Affairs.
Loaded digital reporter Oli Palmer has been writing about film/TV since 2013. Follow Oli on Twitter at @olipalmer