NEW YORK ? Crime pays for the cast of The Departed.
In Martin Scorsese’s bullet-laden mobster epic, opening Oct. 6, Matt Damon’s dirty cop goes up against Leonardo DiCaprio’s good cop, who has gone undercover in Jack Nicholson’s crime cartel to help bring him down.
The Departed is rife with carnage and cruelty, with a real-life rodent thrown in for good measure. But the stellar, very A-list cast made nice at Tuesday’s world premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater, where they were joined by Mick Jagger, members of U2, Billy Joel and assorted other stars.
Nicholson breezed past the press. When a female reporter asked him about the best part of being in the film, the notorious ladies’ man shot back: “You, baby, you!”
Damon kissed his wife, Luciana Bozan, on the lips before doing his red-carpet interviews solo.
What kind of criminal would Damon make in real life?
“Probably not a very good one. I’d probably just apologize my way out of everything. I’d be pretty useless,” he said.
Daughter Isabella, 3 months, is “fantastic,” he said.
DiCaprio arrived in a hybrid Toyota Prius. “I’ve been driving those around for years,” he said.
He’s a “jeans and T-shirt kind of guy, traditionally,” but DiCaprio cleans up well. “Sure, I like wearing suits!” he said with a laugh.
He signed on to star in his third film with Scorsese because for the director, “it’s like playing jazz at this point,” said DiCaprio. “He’s really good at depicting a real, authentic underworld.”
Hearing such comments made Scorsese blush. “I’m very touched by that,” he said.
Vera Farmiga, whose police-shrink character gets involved with both cops, brought some estrogen to a testosterone-laden set.
“I always bring the girl power to everything I do,” said Farmiga.