Leonardo DiCaprio wore butt-padding to get spanked by Robert De Niro in ‘Killers Of The Flower Moon’
Rodrigo Prieto opened up to Insider in a new interview about the scene, which occurs half-way into Martin Scorsese’s new epic.
DiCaprio’s character, Ernest Burkhart, has messed up a plan to steal the Osage of its wealth. De Niro’s character, William Hale, plays Ernest’s uncle and decides to punish his nephew by spanking him. The relationship is controlling and further manipulates DiCaprio into being under the hold of his uncle.
“I don’t think that was in the first script,” Prieto said of the scene. “That was something that was added and it’s shocking in the film.”
He went on: “I do remember doing them quite a few times and thinking, ‘Oh, that must hurt,’” Prieto added. “There was some padding on his butt. But you could tell De Niro was really hitting him…Leo is game for so much. He’ll do anything.”
Scorsese’s 26th film is based on the true story of the murder of more than 60 Native Americans in 1920s Oklahoma and stars De Niro and DiCaprio as an uncle and nephew plotting to steal the oil underneath the tribe’s land.
In a five-star review of the film, NME wrote: “This is among Scorsese’s most important work. Popular music from the 1920s, Native American songs and Robbie Robertson’s bluesy score help round off this remarkable Western, a film that will linger in the minds of its audience for a long time.”