A new featurette on “The Irishman” has been released. Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese skyrockets his latest feature, a three and a half hour mob drama, into the fall awards discussion.
The new clip features Oscar winners Al Pacino and Robert De Niro on their acting for the film and working with Scorsese, whose film is already winning festival awards across the country and could be a contender for its de-aging visual effects.
Read the full synopsis below.
Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s THE IRISHMAN, a saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century. Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics. In theaters 11/1 and on Netflix 11/27.
“To me it was like, if I were a tight rope walker and Marty is the net, you feel you can go and you can take a chance,” says Pacino on working with Scorsese for the first time. For De Niro, working with the filmmaker seems like reuniting with an old friend. The two have collaborated many times, including Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy,” “Taxi Driver,” “Mean Streets,” “Goodfellas” and “Raging Bull.” “At the end of the day, the interaction between the characters is what’ll make it work,” says De Niro.
Some early buzz has surrounded Joe Pesci’s supporting role in the film. He won his Academy Award in 1991 for the Scorsese directed “Goodfellas,” in which De Niro also appears. “The Irishman” world premiered at New York Film Festival in September, where Awards Circuit’s own Clayton Davis wrote in his review, ” Pesci’s soulful and immeasurable contribution to “The Irishman” will likely go down as one of the most sweeping portrayals by any actor this decade. Without a doubt, the single most prominent work of his career, topping all his acting credits by leaps and bounds.”
“The Irishman” is an adaptation of Charles Brandt’s novel, “I Heard You Paint Houses,” and was written for the screen by Oscar-winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian (“Schindler’s List”). He reunites with Scorsese since penning the director’s 2002 feature, “Gangs of New York.” The film also stars Anna Paquin, Harvey Keitel, Stephen Graham, Jesse Plemons and Ray Romano.
“The Irishman” is produced by Fábrica de Cine, STX Entertainment, Sikelia Productions and Tribeca Productions. It is distributed by Netflix and releases onto streaming Nov. 27.
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