In the current GQ Magazine, in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Martin Scorsese's classic 1990 mobster flick Goodfellas, they published an extensive oral history of the making of the movie which revealed many things I didn't know about the movie, and almost all of them are bad. This movie came along at a time in Scorsese's career when he was in desperately in need of a hit. The eighties, by and large, weren't very good to Scorsese. His 1980 film Raging Bull is now considered by many to be the top film of the decade, but it earned much of its praise in retrospect and the movie didn't perform particularly well at the box office. He followed that up with a dark examination of celebrity and celebrity worship called The King of Comedy which also didn't set the box office on fire then made the little-seen After Hours in 1985. In '86, he made the strange choice of directing a sequel to The Hustler with The Color of Money. In '88 he made The Last Temptation of Christ, a movie that touched off protests and controversy from the religious right and not only under-performed at the box office, but actually drew picketers. As the decade was coming to a close, Scorsese, more then any other time in his career, needed a hit.
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The article is in the current October issue of GQ, which is on newstands now.