Most actors wouldn't threaten their relationship with one of the most successful filmmakers of all time. Then again, Nick Nolte isn't like most actors. In the January issue of GQ, the 70-year-old star recalls a rather unfortunate experience at the 1999 Academy Awards with Martin Scorsese. During the ceremony, Scorsese and Robert De Niro -- who Nolte had previously worked with on 'Cape Fear' -- presented an honorary award to filmmaker Elia Kazan. Some in the audience would not applaud for Kazan, because -- in addition to directing films such as 'On the Waterfront' -- Elia also "named names" during the Communist witch hunts of the 1950s. One of the people who held their applause was Nolte.

It was said afterward that Nolte sat on his hands, though he says that he simply folded his arms ... The consequences persist to this day. 'Scorsese won't have anything to do with me,' says Nolte. 'Ever since then.' When I ask Nolte what he thinks about this, he says: 'Well, I'm hurt. And obviously I hurt Marty. But it was a terrible situation. And actors should not have been put in that position to be able to be judged over whether they applauded or not.'

Nolte goes on to discuss his Oscar-worthy performance in this year's 'Warrior,' and the agreement he had with director Gavin O'Connor to not drink while shooting the movie. Of course, things didn't go as planned, as Nolte ended up in a room full of cocaine and booze the night before rehearsals. (Nolte doesn't admit to taking anything. When asked if he partook, he says, "I was just me.") Nolte eventually told O'Connor what happened and suggested having a narcotics agent with him. Strangely enough, the chain of events ended up helping Nolte's performance. "It brought out a lot of emotions I probably wouldn't have been able to get to," he says.

Nolte goes on to discuss his family, his recent arrest while under the influence of GHB as well as the infamous mug shot. You can read the entire profile over on GQ.

[via GQ]

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