“Thought It Was Somebody Else” Robert De Niro Reactions Make Scorsese’s New Movie Even More Exciting



  • Martin Scorsese’s upcoming film “Killers of the Flower Moon” is highly anticipated, especially with the addition of Robert De Niro to the cast.
  • In an interview, Scorsese revealed that viewers didn’t recognize De Niro in his role as William Hale, adding to the excitement and intrigue surrounding the film.
  • De Niro plays a villainous character named William Hale, a local political boss who becomes a suspect in a series of murders targeting the Osage Native American tribe. The role is a perfect fit for De Niro’s aggressive on-screen persona.



While Martin Scorsese’s upcoming film, Killers of the Flower Moon, has already garnered some serious hype, a recent interview with the director discussing legendary actor Robert De Niro’s role in the film has only made the movie more highly anticipated. It is well-known by now that Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro’s films have become iconic collaborations including Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, and most recently, The Irishman. Therefore, with the two men returning for yet another movie together, along with castmates like Leonardo DiCaprio, Lily Gladstone, Jesse Plemmons, and Brandon Fraser, the expectation is that the film will be absolutely incredible.

Set to be released in October 2023, Killers of the Flower Moon is a historical crime drama that tells the true story of a series of murders committed against members of the Osage Native American tribe. Coming in at three hours and 26 minutes, the film is most certainly going to be an epic, led by an iconic cast. Plus, audiences are eager to see what amazing work Martin Scorsese has done next. In fact, rumors are already flying that Scorsese will earn his tenth Best Director nomination. Fortunately, the hype for the film has only grown with the recent addition of Robert De Niro to the cast.

Scorsese Just Made Robert De Niro’s New Role Even More Intriguing

Martin Scorsese standing next to Leonardo DiCaprio on the set of Killers of the Flower Moon.

Adding Robert De Niro to any project will certainly boost its popularity, however, the way Scorsese discussed Robert De Niro in Killers of the Flower Moon makes his participation all the more exciting. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly during the New York City premiere of the film, Scorsese mentioned that many viewers didn’t even recognize De Niro in his role as William Hale. He said, “…there are friends of mine who saw the film and have known Bob for years… they told me after seeing the film that for the first half hour and 40 minutes they didn’t realize it was Bob. And they know him!

This reaction is totally unexpected, and therefore, makes Killers of the Flower Moon even more exciting. Because Robert De Niro is such a famous actor, it seems almost impossible that an audience wouldn’t recognize him, especially when he isn’t disguised in any way in the film. Therefore, it seems probable that the audiences’ reaction has more to do with De Niro’s performance itself. Perhaps, De Niro really embodies this new character, or it is a role that is unlike anything he has ever done before. Either way, Scorsese’s comments make his new film all the more intriguing.

Robert De Niro’s Killers Of The Flower Moon Character Explained

Robert De Niro as William Hale in Killers of the Flower Moon

In Killers of the Flower Moon, Robert De Niro plays William Hale. Hale is definitely a villain of the story, as he is a local political boss that has become rich through unfair trades and deals with the Native Osage people. He clearly has a negative and careless view on the Native Americans because, in the story, he tries to convince his nephew, DiCaprio’s Ernest Burkhart, to marry Native Osage woman Molly in order to steal the oil from her land. Overall, he is greedy, unjust, and always looking for the next profit.

When it comes to the overarching plot of Killers of the Flower Moon, De Niro’s Hale becomes important when he becomes a suspect of the recent Osage Native American murders. Since the individuals were killed so that others may lay claim to their oil, it makes sense that Hale would be behind the crimes. This type of nefarious role is certainly not out of De Niro’s realm, so it will be interesting to see just how nasty he can be on-screen. All in all, this evil part is perfect for a notoriously aggressive Robert De Niro.

Killers Of The Flower Moon Already Has Plenty Of Hype

Lily Gladstone embraces into Leonardo DiCaprio in Killers of the Flower Moon

Of course, Martin Scorsese’s comments about Robert De Niro are just the cherry on top of an already highly anticipated film. Killers of the Flower Moon is predicted to be massive when it comes out, and a strong contender when awards season rolls around. Not only are viewers excited by Martin Scorsese’s work on the piece, but the story itself, based on real life, is also considered to be strong. Therefore, De Niro’s involvement boosts a film that likely already garnered a significant audience. Now, so far at the top, the only thing Killers of the Flower Moon can do is meet everyone’s high expectations- and hopefully it will.