Martin Scorsese's relationship with Robert De Niro is built on "trust and love".

Martin Scorsese has a close bond with Robert De Niro

Martin Scorsese has a close bond with Robert De Niro

The legendary director and actor have collaborated for the tenth time on the movie 'Killers of the Flower Moon' and the filmmaker explained that the bond between the pair dates back to their upbringing.

Martin told "In the case of Robert De Niro, we were teenagers together, and he's the only one who really knows where I come from, the people I knew, and that sort of thing. Some of them still alive, he knows them.

"I know his friends, his old friends, and we had a real testing ground in the 70s, where we tried everything and we found that, you know, we trusted each other. It's all about trust and love. It's what it is."

Scorsese has worked with De Niro on classic films such as 'Taxi Driver' and 'Goodfellas' and explained how the star has never "taken over" any of his projects.

The 80-year-old filmmaker said: "And that's a big deal, because very often if an actor has a lot of power, and he had a lot of power at that time, an actor could take over your picture. I never felt that."

Scorsese also revealed that De Niro recommended that he work with Leonardo DiCaprio – who features in 'Killers of the Flower Moon' and has also become a regular collaborator of the acclaimed filmmaker.

He recalled: "Years later, he told me he worked with this kid, Leo DiCaprio, a little boy, in 'This Boy's Life', and he said, 'You should work with this kid sometime.'

"It was just casual. But within a line, something like that, a recommendation at the time, I think in the early 90s, is not casual. He rarely gave recommendations."