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tonight on "nightline," teed up. tiger woods announces he'll break his silence in his first public appearance since this car wreck exposed his adulterous ways. but what will he say? and can he fix his broken image? plus, stars aligned. as their fourth movie together opens, we go behind the scenes with martin score say see and leonardo dicaprio to find out what makes this a-list pair keep coming back for more. and, men in tights. all that glitters may not mean a limb pick gold for the men's figure skaters. the slippery world of fashion on
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ice is tonight's "sign of the times." >> announcer: from the global resources of abc news, with terry moran, martin bashir and cynthia mcfadden in new york city, this is "nightline," february 17th, 2010. >> good evening. we begin tonight with sport and scandal, as the world's highest paid athlete, golfer tiger woods, announced today that he is finally ready to step out of hiding and begin what will no doubt be a long path towards restoring his image, if that is possible. it has been nearly three months since a car crash on thanksgiving weekend tore up his private life, revealing that woods had been cheating on his wife for a series of women for years. so, what next, and why now? chris connelly has our report. >> breaking news this afternoon. a minor accident. major news. crashed his suv into a fire
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hydrant. woods was taken to a hospital by ambulance. >> reporter: this is the first good look the world has gotten at tiger woods since his accident in the early morning hours of november 27th. today came an announcement woods would speak publicly this friday, making a statement before a small, hand-picked group reporters, along with friends, colleagues and close associates, but taking no questions. a statement on his website says that while tiger feels that what happened is fundamentally a matter between him and his wife, he also recognizes that he has let down a lot of other people. he wants to begin the process making amends. given that he'll be speaking at pga tour headquarters, he's l e likely to address his plans to return to golf. his agent saying this is all about the next step. but what all this will do to repair woods' shattered public image is unclear. >> the first thing you have to understand is, a five-minute talk to friends and colleagues
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on friday is not going to make this all go away. what he needs to do is start the redemption process. start his visibility campaign and really start to win back the trust and confidence of his friends and fans that haveeen so let down. it's almost impossible to do in five minutes and i think everybody should keep their expectations realistic. >> reporter: the whole saga started less than two days before his now famous accident, in a tabloid, with a sensational but carefully worded cover story that broke on november 25th, alleging that woods was involved with rachel uchitel, a friend of hers claiming that the pair were having an affair. >> the story started with a tip that came in to one of our reporters. we were told that tiger was seeing this woman behind the scenes of his marriage. we make no bones about it, "the national enquirer," we practice checkbook journalism.
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if a source brings us credible nchgs on a story, we will pay them, we will write them a check. we're the ones who have to dip our feet in the dirty pool of water to enearth these types of stories. once there's confirmation on the stories, everybody wants in. >> reporter: and everyone did. because 72 hours after the story hit the stands, woods' car crash turbo charged his personal life into a national sensation. america's favorite topic of conversation. pushed along at every turn by a tabloid press that knows a hot story when it sees one. >> it was one of the worst feeding frenzies, picking apart of a celebry tim's bones that i have seen in my 25 years in the tabloid business. >> it's like a drama. obviously it started with the accident, and then all of these women came forward. it's a soap opera. >> reporter: then "us magazine" got it started with this cover, getting the first woman to claim
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she wawoods' mistress. she handed over phone messages said to be from woods to bolster her case. >> on december 2nd, we posted a recording of tiger wood' voicemail and since that time it has been listened to more than 6 >> hey, it tiger. i need you to do me a huge favor. can you please take your name off your phone? my wife went through my phone and may be calling you. >> this is somebody who was a total 180 from the person we thought we knew. everybody thought they knew tiger has being this fantastic golfer, family man. it was really a global story. the first woman on the record to say yes, i slept with tiger woods, i've been having an affair with him for three years, that was huge. we were breaking news, not just among celebrities, but really world wide. >> reporter: the number of purported mistresses on his rsonal leaderboard reached double digits. >> we're talking about a wronged woman, an incredibly wealthy
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sports star. it's tabloid gold. >> let's talk a little bit about what we could do next week with the tiger woods story. >> reporter: woods had been making a reported $100 million a year from sponsors, but as since been dropped by accenture and at&t. ticket sales for one event woods was expected to play dropped 20%. >> viewership is down. he's damaged his mashlrriage, h damaged himself financially, he's damaged companies, fans. he's got a lot of work to do. >> reporter: reportedly, some of that work took place here at a clinic that treats sex addiction. the few statements woods did post on his website last year underscored a desire to keep his family together. a family that has increasingly occupied center stage in the tabloids ongoing coverage of the scandal. >> i've been asked by reporter, do you feel bad for his wife, should she blame you? the only person where blame
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should be placed is on tiger woods himself. he did this to himself. >> reporter: on friday, woods will try to get himself out of the mess. to do so, he's likely to be calling on the crisis experts mantra for public figures in a personal jam. admit, apologize and advance. >> having handled a lot of crisis in my life, there's a secret ingredient called time. while you fall into this very deep hole very quickly, it's going to take him many months and even possibly years to really come out of this situation. >> reporter: this is chris coelly for "nightline" in los angeles. >> and he hopes it will begin on friday. our thanks to chris connelly and espn. when we come back, inside an extraordinary hollywood partnership. one man, a legendary director, the other, one of his generation's top talents. tonight, we interview them together.
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>> you can't do that. >> reporter: you'by anybody's standards, dicaprio and core say see is hollywood royalty. they have already teamed up in three films together. "gangs of new york." "the aviator." >> i need to sleep. >> reporter: and the oscar winning "departed." and now, a fourth film. "shutter island." and a whole null genere. >> yeah. other side of the island is rock bluffs. all the way down to the edge of the water. >> reporter: scary. dicaprio is cast as a federal marshall, tedy daniels. >> boys seem on edge. >> right now, marshall, we all
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are. >> reporter: who goes to a psychiatric hospital to inv investigate the mysterious disappearance of a woman who murdered her children. this is where you cut them, too? >> yes. >> reporter: show us. show us. >> okay. >> no one is going to get really surprised. >> reporter: we seemed to have talked our way into scorsese's inner tang tum. the off-limits edit room. >> like they say in mtv's "cribs," this is where the magic happens. >> reporter: she's edited all of scorsese's films, since "raging bull" in 1980. >> and this is where they take each frame by hand -- >> reporter: is it true? >> like suit makers from italy. >> reporter: wow. >> yeah. >> reporter: so you know how he thinks? >> yeah. >> unfortunately, she does. >> he taught me everything i
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know. >> reporter: so, how long did you spend in this room to edit "shutter island"? >> um -- from september to september. so, a year. >> reporter: we let her get back to work and sat down in scorsese's screening room across the hall to talk. so it's a lot more fun to make the movies than to talk, i suspect, right? >> sometimes. >> sometimes, yeah. and fun is not always the operative word when making a movie. it is -- in this case, i don't know, would you describe this one as fun? i wouldn't describe it as fun. it was hard work, very rewarding, and, you know, i never expected the experience to be what it was. i really didn't. >> reporter: how is it different than what you expected? >> how was it different? i didn't think we needed to go to the places we went to. >> reporter: one of those places was rage. >> you. >> could you stop that? please? stop that! please!
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stop! >> reporter: is rage hard to play? >> rage, no. it's not hard. i don't think so. i like -- i like that kind of stuff. it's a relea. because it allows me to do things that i would absolutely never normally be able to do in real life. or wouldn't allow myself to do. >> reporter: but it does extract a certain personal price. >> every time i play one of these roles, it's -- the loss of control that you have, it's -- it's -- it's suffocating in a way and it's something that -- it's so dark that it's almost something that you don't like to dwell on too much. we got to get it. hold on. >> reporter: i have to say this is a very wet movie. >> a lot of rain. i tried my best not to get wet.
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they went in the lake. >> yeah, encapsulated little lob cabin. >> reporter: did he? >> of course. >> come on! >> reporter: the movie's hurricane was created with 40,000 gallon truckloads of water and fans that could generate 80-mile-an-hour winds. the only place on the set without drama seems to have been between the leading actor and the director. >> i want the shot of your point of view to be moving. >> reporter: when was the last time you had a fight. have you? >> we don't really have fights. >> no. >> it sounds like an old married couple. therapy. >> it's a waste of time. >> reporter: this is not his first close collaboration with an actor. >> talking to me? then who the helelse are you talking to? >> reporter: early on, he formed a bond with robert de niro in films like "taxi driver." and it is de niro who he credits for bringing the young dicaprio to his attention.
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>> he introduced me to him and he told me when you did "boy's life," there's this young kid you have to work with sometime. he's very good. doing this film now. what's his name? he told me, and, so, i watched that and i watched this, and i said, yeah, he's good. he's interesting. and you were very young, though, at the time. >> reporter: 19? >> i was 16. >> 16. >> reporter: in fact, i'm fascinated that people call leo now your muse. do you -- is that appropriate? >> well, yeah, i think so a certain extent, yeah, because when you decide to make a picture, there's a factor that has to inspire you, and the actor is key. >> reporter: what do you think you give him? >> you'd have to ask him that. i wouldn't -- i'd never be so presumptuous as to hsit here -- >> reporter: so i'll ask you that. >> well, watching the developing as an actor and his growth, i just, you know, for me, it -- it
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was sort of a new lease of creative life in a way. and so to be excited again, by a person who is younger than me who is dropping, working, constantly this is something that -- very rarely happens, i think. >> you know, look, for me, it's very simple. i'm gifting to work with a master filmmaker, and, you know, i am inspired by working with him. and more so than all that, he -- he kind of has this infectious appreciation for cinema as an art form. and when you -- when you're around somebody that loves movies that much, you get on that roller coaster, too, and everybody enjoys that process. >> reporter: there have been rumors about a fifth project. ♪ fly me to the moon >> reporter: a bio pick of the man who made "fly me to th moon" and so many other songs
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famous. frank sinatra. but the family and the movie studio are reported to have other actors in mind. george clooney and johnny depp have both been mentioned. so, we asked, will the two be making a sinatra movie? >> we're trying. we're trying. >> reporter: what do you think? >> i don't know. i have no answers for that. i don't know. it's -- >> reporter: would you like to -- >> working on it. >> he's working on it. >> reporter: would you like to do it? >> if he calls me up for something, you know, it's hard to say no. >> you know, it's a matter of timing, too, ultimately. >> timing. money. >> reporter: is leo who you would like to see the character? >> i think so, yeah. i feel that. >> reporter: but first there's "shutter island" to launch. do they worry about the audiences' reaction? >> the only thing i've learned in my career thus far is that you have no control of what people think. you can only go in there with
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the best intentions, give everything you possibly can, try your best to make the best possible movie you can. and then it's like kind of giving birth, you give it out to the world and they either become a juvenile delinquent of the next president of the united states. it's true. >> they are hoping for president, of course. "shutter island" opens in thears this friday. when we come back, figure skating fashion. but how much is too much? we'll look at the evolution of these men in tights. if you've taken your sleep aid and you're still fighting to sleep in the middle of the night, why would you go one more round using it ? you don't need a rematch-- but a re-think-- with lunesta. lunesta is different. it keys into receptors that support sleep, setting your sleep process in motion. lunesta helps you get the restful sleep you need. when taking lunesta, don't drive or operate machinery until you feel fully awake. walking, eating, driving or engaging in other activities
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>> announcer: "nightline" continues from new york city with cynthia mcfadden. >> and so we turn now to the olympic, specifically men's figure skating. last night's short program featured some of the most graceful athletes you'll find anywhere, but what were they wearing? david muir takes us inside the slippery world of fashion on ice for tonight's "sign of the times." >> reporter: last night in vancouver, the men's figure skating short program. to entertain the viewers, these days, it's not just about the jumping, the spinning, it's about the style, the fashion,
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the flair. skaters put on an athletic show but a fashion though. sequins, stripes, laced corsets. yes, laced corsets in a sporting event. and there was that skeleton. but this unique fashion in figure skating has long been a way to compliment the drama on the ice. >> when i was competing, i said i wanted simple. something timeless. something that, 30 years down the line, i'll be looking back, saying, that's a nice costume. not like, oh, what was i wearg? >> reporter: it wasn't always this way, though. back in the 1950s, skaters like dick button were, well, more buttoned up. but starting in the late '70s, skaters began experimenting with less traditional outfits. and in the '80s, the flood gates opened on the ice. remember costumes like this one, worn by brian boitano? it continued to build through the '90s, with color and cloth. which brings us to today, when
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pushing the envelope in fig secure skating makes pushing the limits. like evgeni plushenko. he's hoping for back-to-back medals in vancouver. perhaps he will try to muscle his way through. then again, maybe not. u.s. skater john nny weir dress as a swan in 2006. here in vancouver, weir said he received serious threats after wearing fur in one of his outfits. he moved into the olympic village instead of a hotel and dropped the fur. not everyone thinks turning the rink into a sort of skating catwalk is necessary. sport is ruthlessly mocked in the film "blades of glory." before the olympic games here the canadians tried to get the skaters to stress the athleticism, to try to draw in the hockey crew. it drew criticism instead. >> figure skating wants s ts t
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in hockey fans, put two skaters on the ice at the same time and let them punch each other. >> reporter: in the end here, it will be the technique that's judged on the ice. judging taste is a different matter. for "nightline," i'm david muir in vancouver. >> the medals for men's figure skating will be awarded tomorrow night after the free skate event. expect to see some new outfits. and two highlights from today's action. american skater lindsey vonn, who entered the games with high hopes and a bruised shin captured the gold in the women's downhill. and late tonight, snowboarder shaun white won the gold in the men's halfpipe. what a show. when we come back, what would tiger say? that's the subject of tonight's closing argument. but first, jimmy kimmel with what's coming up next on abc. jimmy? >> jimmy: thanks, cynthia. tonight, tracey morgan, brad y paisley, and guillermo
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