Margot Robbie has revealed what Martin Scorsese says a movie needs to make it “great.”
The actor collaborated with the filmmaker on a 2013 film The wolf of Wall Streetwho plays Naomi Lapaglia, the wife of Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jordan Belfort, when she was 22.
Robbie reflected on the experience during a “Life in Pictures powered by TCL” talk at Bafta on Tuesday (Nov. 22), explaining that Scorsese would “sit around and tell stories about the mafia and old movie stars.”
But Robbie, now 32, said Scorsese did tip her off on what he thinks makes a good movie great.
“We were shooting the shot of me running up the stairs, and he turns to me and says, ‘Every great movie has a stair shot,'” she said.
“Since then I’ve told so many directors that Martin Scorsese says every great movie has a stairwell shot, so take the stairs there.”
deadline reports that Robbie said the free-spirited “tone” of the film’s production made it “a little bit free for everyone.”
“It was like the crazier you are, the more Marty will like it — and the more screen time you get,” she explained.
According to Robbie, the sex scene that ends with Naomi asking for a divorce, leading to a drugged Jordan crashing his car with their daughter in the backseat, was a late addition to the script.
“What happened earlier in the script was I walked into his office and said I wanted a divorce, and that was it,” said Robbie, revealing that she and Scorsese, along with DiCaprio, “locked us in until three in the morning in a room and came with all that”.
Robbie also recently mentioned which of her films made her realize she was a “good actor”. She said this movie gave her the confidence to reach out to Quentin Tarantino, which led to her role in Once upon a time… In Hollywood.
Earlier this month, Robbie talked about the “low point” she experienced after starring The Wolf of Wall Streetand revealed that Disney has officially scrapped a Pirates of the Caribbean reboot in which she would star.
The Australian actor is an Oscar front-runner for her performance in Damien Chazelle’s Babylon, which will be released on December 23 in the US and January 23 in the UK.