Celebrating it's 40th Anniversary
The Making of by Jay Glennie
Raging Bull the making of by Jay Glennie from Coattail Publications in collaboration with Robert De Niro!
Jay Glennie has interviewed the cast and crew of Martin Scorsese’s iconic film Raging Bull, starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Cathy Moriarty. Written by Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin and produced by Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, Raging Bull is rightly considered to be one of the greatest films ever made and launched the careers of Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty, Frank Vincent, Michael Badalucco and John Turturro.
The film received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director, with Robert De Niro’s searing portrayal of the Raging Bull himself, Jake LaMotta winning him the Oscar for Actor in a Leading Role and Thelma Schoonmaker receiving her Oscar for Best Editing. Our book will explore how it took six long years for De Niro’s passion project to finally make it to the big screen and how he finally won over Martin Scorsese’s initial doubts that he even wanted to direct the film. We discover how the film went through many, many script revisions, nearly became a play, went dangerously over schedule and budget and its star went from the best shape of his life to piling on 60 pounds to show the decent of LaMotta’s fall.
Jay Glennie: “This has been another dream writing gig. Robert De Niro’s performance in Raging Bull left an indelible impression on me. So, when Bob asked what was next I knew I had to explore the making of one of his greatest collaborations with Martin Scorsese. It has been a thrill to write and I know it is going to be a firm favourite with our readers.”
Very rare photos of De Niro training with Jake LaMotta, Joey LaMotta and Pete Savage