Bob Dylan grants interview to Martin Scorsese -- The BBC documentary will be the singer's first on-camera Q&A in 20 years

By Gary Susman
Updated May 20, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

Bob Dylan hasn’t given an on-camera interview in more than 20 years, but he’s finally found an interlocutor worthy of him: Martin Scorsese. Variety reports that the Oscar-nominated director will shoot a sit-down with the legendary singer for a Dylan documentary he’s making for the BBC. Dylan is expected to discuss his early career in the New York folk scene. Hey, maybe Scorsese can call the project ”Gangs of Greenwich Village.”

It won’t be Dylan’s first time in front of Scorsese’s camera. He was one of many musicians who appeared in 1978’s ”The Last Waltz,” Scorsese’s concert film of the farewell performance by The Band. ”I had been a great fan for many years when I had the privilege to film Bob Dylan for ‘The Last Waltz,”’ Scorsese said in a statement. ”I’ve admired and enjoyed his many musical transformations. For me, there is no other musical artist who weaves his influences so densely to create something so personal and unique. This project gives me a chance to explore one of the most exciting artists and icons of the past 50 years.”

The documentary is expected to air on British TV in late 2004 or early 2005. No word on when those of us in Dylan’s own country might get to see it.