For their climactic showdown at a Boston bar in the Best Picture-winning The Departed, Jack Nicholson decided to raise the stakes a bit on co-star Leonardo DiCaprio. According to a new book and an interview with director Martin Scorsese, Nicholson pulled a real gun and threatened DiCaprio with it — a gun DiCaprio knew was real… and probably loaded.
He got the reaction he wanted, as you can see in the below clips.
"He didn't tell me he had a gun. It was great . . . we took a lot out, but Leo's reaction is real-time. I still get chills when Nicholson says, 'I smell a rat.' It's so real to me." [NY Post]
Here's the scene, unfortunately split into two parts. The gun stuff is mainly in the second clip: