Marty in the mix

'Departed' mixes music and movie biggies in Gotham

NEW YORK — Martin Scorsese‘s “The Departed” brought together Hollywood bigwigs and music heavyweights Sept. 26 at the Ziegfeld Theater.

Pic’s Jack Nicholson and rockers Bono and Lou Reed quickly posed for the red carpet cameras before rushing to their seats, while Nicholson’s co-star Mark Wahlberg and songster Billy Joel took their time mingling with the press.

Movie, which opens Oct. 6, is a big bet for Warner Bros. and Scorsese, which hopes the star power of celebs like Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon —and Scorsese’s trademark mix of bloody and funny– scores with auds.

At the after-party at Gustavino’s, “Departed” producer Graham King, Oscar-nominated for Scorsese’s “The Aviator,” said his primary concern is filling seats.

“We are going for box office,” King said. “I think it is a very commercial movie. If we get noticed by the Academy or award season, great. If we don’t, then we don’t.”

Steven Zeitchik contributed to this report.

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