Martin Scorsese says he doesn't see his movies in public because he's 'short and there's always a big person in front of me'

  • Martin Scorsese told Variety that he doesn't like going to see his own movies in public.

  • The main reason is because he's short and there's always "a big person" in front of him.

  • He also feels audiences are "more raucous" these days.

Martin Scorsese has devoted his life to making movies and watching movies. But lately, something has been getting in the way during his theatergoing experience: other people.

The 81-year-old director, who stands at 5'4," told Variety that he never goes to see his movies in public because he's never certain he'll be able to see the screen.

"I'm short and there's always a big person in front of me," he said. "It's the same with Broadway — I can't go to theater."

Martin Scorsese.Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

"I really enjoy Imax as I get older," Scorsese added. "You go in, you can sit up in the back and you're sort of looking up."

But it's not just the fear of being blocked from the screen that keeps Scorsese from going to the movies. He also feels people "talk and move around a lot" in the theaters these days.

"Regular screenings, I have found the audiences becoming a bit more raucous than they used to be," he said. "But maybe it's always like in the '50s when we used to yell back at the screen."

Robert De Niro talking to Leonardo DiCaprio
(L-R) Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio in "Killers of the Flower Moon."Paramount/Apple TV+

Regardless, people continue to love seeing Scorsese's work in theaters. Scorsese's latest, "Killers of the Flower Moon," has grossed over $150 million to date, making it the eighth-highest-grossing movie of his career. Earlier this week, the movie received 10 Oscar nominations, including best picture and best director.

This marks the tenth time Scorsese has been nominated in the best director category, surpassing Steven Spielberg as the most nominated living director.

Scorsese has only won the best director Oscar once to date, for 2006's "The Departed."

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