Mean Streets Was Almost a Blaxploitation Flick!

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In Corman's World -- the captivating documentary about renegade director Roger Corman, due in December -- Martin Scorsese reveals that he originally brought his 1973 project Mean Streets to Corman.

Corman urged the young hotshot to change all the characters and make them black to keep it in line with the then-hot trend of blaxploitation flicks.

But Scorsese walked away and decided to keep the story set in Little Italy rather than Harlem, which turned out to be very good career news for Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, and the gang.

I wonder if Corman would have made Raging Bull about Smokin' Joe Frazier.


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CMG
CMG

If you saw young DeNiro in those Corman flicks (Bloody Mama is pretty much his Cape Fear performance mixed with Awakenings) the man was totally game for making a Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder type of turn. 

Carl Theodore Dreyer
Carl Theodore Dreyer

I heard Larry got so fed up with Marilyn on the set of the "Prince and the Showgirl," he and Art Miller asked Enda Mae Oliver to take over the role

Lost Weekend
Lost Weekend

Oh but the soundtrack would have been a mean mutha!

Hiya
Hiya

I guess it would have been called "Mean-Assed Streets:.

Spike
Spike

Woulda coulda shoulda.

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