Kristofferson Scorsese – Hearts, Minds, Talent
The Kristofferson / Scorsese relationship is fond, long lived & the artists have a lot in common.
Kris Kristofferson has worked with many of the most talented people of our time. He has shared a stage with many people who have become household names. His movies have attracted less attention than they deserve. Kris met Scorsese around 1972. Let’s take a brief look at the two men – Both legends in their own right.
Kristofferson & Scorsese : Stage & Screen
Kris said that watching the Scorsese movie Mean Streets changed his life
Kris appeared as David in Scorsese’s movie Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (released 1974)
It was Scorsese’s 4th film, & won many awards
Scorsese leveraged Kris’ lyrics , “He’s a prophet and a pusher, partly truth, partly fiction” as dialogue in the movie Taxi Driver to describe the violent/ loner character of Travis Buckle – “A walking contradiction.”
Scorsese and Kristofferson both champion artists’ rights
Kristofferson was influential in changing country music & was part of the outlaw movement
Scorsese was directed/ worked on some of the most enduring movies in every gendre
Both men have worked on a vast catalogue of material. Scorsese’s film work includes : Who’s That Knocking at My Door?, Woodstock, Medicine Ball Caravan, Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, New York, New York, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, After Hours, The Color of Money, The Last Temptation of Christ, GoodFellas, Cape Fear, The Age of Innocence, Casino, Kundun, Bringing Out the Dead, Gangs of new York, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter island, Hugo, The Wolf of War Street, Silence & The Irishman (to be released 2019)
Kristofferson & Scorsese’s careers both span more than 50 years
Both men are still working on their craft
Both men are spiritual.
- Scorsese wanted to become priest.
- Kristofferson’s experience in a church caused him to record, Why Me & he admires William Yeats
Both men fought addiction in their early lives
Both men support war veterans.
- Scorsese, David Lynch & Clint Eastwood launched Warrior Wellness to help PTSD sufferers in 2010
- Kristofferson received the Veteran of the Year Award at the American Veteran Awards in 2011
Kris Kristofferson paid tribute to Martin Scorsese in the 1997 AFI Awards.
Kris Kristofferson at the AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards 1997
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