Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese, 69, credits his 12-year-old daughter Francesca to not only keeping the director feeling young at heart but also as an inspiration in his movie making abilities. The famous screenwriter – who is also father to Catherine with ex-wife Laraine Brennan and daughter Domenica with ex-wife Julia Cameron – recently opened up to parade.com about being a father later in life, how his youngest daughter keeps him young and whether or not she was a fan of his 3D film Hugo.
On becoming a third time father later in life: “Being a father at a later age is different from when I had my other two daughters when I was in my 20s and 30s. If you’re in your 60s and you’re with the kid every day, you’re dealing with the mind of a child, so it opens up that childishness in you again. You start playing and getting into the fantasy of the kid, so you make up even crazier stories and suddenly we’re making this movie! She’s a lifesaver!”
On how Francesca has inspired his filmmaking: “She’s in school and kids keep asking about the films I’ve made, so my wife said, ‘Make a film that your kid can see for once!’ The biggest, most important thing I did for my daughter — according to her — was acting in Shark Tale. I milked that for a few years. When that ran out, it was time for Hugo.”
On Francesca’s thoughts about Hugo, Martin’s first animated 3D movie: ” She really loved it. She was around the process a lot. She had a great time and saw it a number of times.”