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Trivia: Raging Bull
  • Creator Breakdown: Scorcese was struggling with a cocaine addiction at the time and planning on retiring as a director. De Niro specifically brought the project to Scorcese in hopes that its themes of self-destruction would help Scorcese overcome his problems.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Robert De Niro put on 60 pounds to play the retired Jake LaMotta, arguably starting the trend.
  • Playing Against Type: Joey LaMotta is played by Joe Pesci. Yes, that Joe Pesci. Of course, it was before he was typecast. Pesci still manages to start a fight by breaking a glass over someone's head, and ending it by slamming their head and shoulders repeatedly in a car door. He does apologize after, but only at the insistence of an old mobster.
    • It still counts, though, as compared to DeNiro, he's really the collected one. It's Jake that has the Hair-Trigger Temper.

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