The Casino is one of the greatest movies about Las Vegas directed by Martin Scorsese. This iconic movie, released in 1995, tells the story of two mobsters who are the best friends and who try to create their own casino empire. The most exciting thing is that the plot is based on a true story of Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal (played by Robert De Niro) and his real-life gangster friend Tony Spilotro (played by Joe Pesci). But there isn’t the only interesting fact about the movie Casino. Here are 10 little-known and peculiar facts about the Casino.
- Before filming the Casino, Robert De Niro met the man on whom his character – Sam Rothstein – is based. He met with Frank Rosenthal in person.
- Not many people know that the Tangiers casino didn’t really exist. Unlike such real casinos as the Venetian Macao in China, Yebo Casino for South Africa or Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, the Tangiers casino was just a fiction. But the film was shot in a real, operating casino called the Riviera.
- Frank Rosenthal ran the Stardust and was a former executive at that casino. This fact was well documented in Vegas history books. So, Martin Scorsese decided to highlight this fact via the soundtrack. The track “Stardust” is heard three times throughout the film.
- Due to the fact that Robert De Niro’s character was a chain smoker, he constantly had to hold the cigarettes the same distance from the lit end in order to avoid the continuity issues. So, Sam Rothstein’s cigarettes lengths never appear to change throughout the movie.
- According to Frank Rosenthal, the worst scene of the Casino was when Sam was juggling. He really hated it because he claimed that on the Frank Rosenthal TV Show he never juggled and thought this scene made him look foolish.
- The actress Claudia Haro, who played Trudy, the co-host/bandleader “Ace’s High”, was Joe Pesci’s wife in real life.
- The most eye-catching gold and white beaded gown in which Sharon Stone appears during the casino scene weighted 45 pounds.
- There were 7,000 extras in the Casino movie. 120 of these extras had speaking parts.
- Sam Rothstein’s attorney, Oscar Goodman, is a lawyer in real life and he actually defended several mobsters from Las Vegas. Besides, in 1999, he became Mayor of Las Vegas.
- The costume budget of the Casino was about $1 million. Robert De Niro changed 70 various costumes throughout the film, Sharon Stone changed 40 outfits. After the shoot, they both were allowed to keep their costumes.
5 Casino Fun Facts
- Most dialogues between Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci were absolutely improvised. The director just told them where to start and where to end.
- Joe Pesci re-broke the same rib during the filming of the Casino that had been broken 15 years earlier during the filming of the Raging Bull.
- James Woods so wanted to be in the movie directed by Martin Scorsese, so when he heard that the famous director was interested in working with him, he called the Scorsese’s office immediately and said that he was ready to start “any time, any place, any part, any fee”.
- Sharon Stone could meet Martin Scorsese only on the third occasion. Her first two auditions were canceled by the director for different mundane reasons. She decided not to try a third time and go out with her friend instead. But the director of the Casino found Sheron at the restaurant where she was dining with her friend and made her a personal appeal.
- According to the producers of the Casino, the most difficult thing about filming this masterpiece was finding those people who could tell them how to cheat in the casino.
3 Interesting Facts about Casino Movies
The Casino certainly is the most memorable casino-themed movie, but not the only one. For the fans of the movies about gambling and casinos, here are the top 3 casino films in addition to the Casino and most interesting facts about them.
- The Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas directed by Terry William has become a cult classic movie. Despite the fact that this movie describes the casino life of Las Vegas, very little of the movie was really shot in Las Vegas.
- Being one of the most popular casino films ever made, the Ocean’s Eleven was produced on a budget of $80 million and was the fifth highest grossing film the year of its release, raked in $450.7 million in the box office.
- The Casino Royale (2006) is an updated casino movie which describes some new ways of gambling with the help of Mobile Casinos. Amazingly, but it took almost six weeks to film the Parkour chase at the beginning of the movie and Daniel Craig lost two of his front teeth when filming a fight scene in Prague.