Trivia / Casino


  • Actor Allusion:
    • A particularly clever example. In Goodfellas, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci played roles similar to the ones they play in this movie. However, there are certain notable differences — in particular, while Pesci's character is more or less the same in both examples (a blustery psychotic maniac with a Hair-Trigger Temper), De Niro's character was a lot more similar to Pesci's character than in this movie (being a calculatingly murderous sociopath rather than his comparatively more benevolent and decent character here). As such, the fact that De Niro's character here is obviously terrified of Pesci's character in a way he wasn't in the earlier movie serves to make Pesci's character even more terrifying.
    • Once again Noodles and Max are sharing a girl.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: When James Woods heard that Martin Scorsese was interested in working with him, Woods called Scorsese's office and left the following message: "Any time, any place, any part, any fee."
  • Cast the Expert:
    • Oscar Goodman, who plays Sam Rothstein's attorney, is in real life a lawyer who defended several reputed mobsters with Las Vegas connections. In June of 1999, he was elected Mayor of Las Vegas.
    • The jewellery store owner who gets robbed by Nicky's boys is an actual Las Vegas jeweler. His line "I just got a shipment of diamonds from Israel" was not in the script.
  • The Danza: Frank Vincent as Frank Marino.
  • Playing Against Type: Don freaking Rickles in a Scorsese movie? Playing an intimidating mob collaborator? More to the point, none of his classic caustic humor shows up and he plays him as a serious yet loyal and sympathetic number two to Ace.
    • This is actually something of a running casting gag as several old time comedians play serious roles in this film. Caustic stand-up Alan King plays the mob facilitator Andy Stone and Dick Smothers plays a corrupt Nevada senator.
  • Real-Life Relative: Joe Pesci's wife (at the time of filming), Claudia Haro, played Trudy, the co-host/band-leader of Ace's High. Haro & Pesci divorced and she remarried.... She was convicted in 2000 of 2 counts of attempted murder for hiring a hitman to take him out.
  • Throw It In:
    • Most of the conversations between Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci were improvised. Martin Scorsese would tell them where to start and where to end. The rest was up to them.
    • Most of James Woods's lines were improvised. Including the phone call with Ginger after her wedding. Originally, Woods was not supposed to speak during that scene. Woods came up with idea that Lester would be with a prostitute and doing cocaine while on the phone with Ginger.
  • What Could Have Been:
  • Written by Cast Member: The scene between Sam and Pat Webb in Ace's office was rewritten by L.Q. Jones upon Martin Scorsese's request because Scorsese felt that he had not written the western cowboy character very well.

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