Killers of the Flower Moon: Director Scorsese Makes Cameo Appearance

Based on David Grann’s 2017 non-fiction book, Killers of the Flower Moon film tells the story of how a wealthy Native American community fell victim to a perilous scheme in 1920s Oklahoma.

Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Killers of the Flower Moon

Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Killers of the Flower Moon© AppleTv+

The film’s powerful ending features a time-jump sequence to a period where the Osage murders have become a true-crime story.

A live stage recording of a radio play is acted out, with Scorsese himself making surprise appearance as the radio show’s producer.

Following a sold-out screening for the film, Spielberg posed questions to Scorsese on the story’s bold ending.

“I try to make it as truthful as possible, as honest, I should say, as possible,” Scorsese said. “Therefore, I said we have to end it with one of those radio shows where you see after all this, that’s what the American public was led to think of or believe of the situation.”

Lily Gladstone, Martin Scorsese, Killers of the Flower Moon

Lily Gladstone, Scorsese, Killers of the Flower Moon© AppleTv+

On his surprise appearance during the sequence, Scorsese added: “Then we had the obit and I didn’t know if I could direct the actor to do that. And having lived with the Osage and everybody there in Oklahoma for so long, I felt I had to try it myself.

“I said: ‘Listen, let me do it. If it doesn’t work, I know the angle. I can get another actor to do it’. But as I was doing it, I kind of felt it. And I also felt that in a way, as I say, my own complicity in life and the world as it exists, trying to have compassion for it. Those who are suffering in the world, that’s all.”

Spielberg concluded the conversation with praise for his fellowdirecting legend, saying: “You are the master of our medium, and this is your masterpiece.”