American director Martin Scorsese reveals anxiety caused by lockdown

Scorsese said he was initially relieved at his workload being lighter but then 'the anxiety set in'
Scorsese said he was initially relieved at his workload being lighter but then 'the anxiety set in' - (Copyright EMPICS Entertainment)
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Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese has revealed he has suffered with anxiety caused by the coronavirus lockdown.

Although the 77-year-old admitted he was initially ’relieved’ by the lockdown measures as it made his workload lighter, it quickly became a difficult situation to be in.

He told BBC Two’s Lockdown Culture: "We had been working so hard on so many different projects, and things were spinning and spinning and spinning, and suddenly it was a crash, and a stop.

"At first, it was a day or so of a kind of relief. I didn't have to go anywhere or do anything. I mean, I had to do everything, but I didn't have to do it then. 

"It was a kind of relief. And then the anxiety set in."

The show’s host Mary Beard shared a clip of the Scorsese before adding: "Ultimately I found I was… you're with yourself, and time takes on another aspect.

"Experiencing that time, meaning, whereas before I thought, you're sitting there doing nothing. But, no, you're existing - that's one thing.

"I have been in this room, basically, with no end in sight - still in a sense with no end in sight, for me anyway, [and] a sense of relief settled in and a real sense of freedom. Because you can't do anything else."

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