Movie legends Al Pacino and Robert De Niro reunite in new photos captured on the set of Martin Scorsese's gangster saga The Irishman. Pacino and De Niro are joined on the film by an all-star cast of Scorsese regulars, including Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Vinyl star Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire's Jack Huston and Ray Romano. Anna Paquin was also recently added to the cast as the daughter of De Niro's character.
Based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, The Irishman charts the life of purported mob hitman Frank Sheeran (De Niro), who in a death-bed confession claimed to have been involved in a multitude of crimes including the still-unsolved disappearance of Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino). Martin Scorsese will use CGI de-aging techniques so De Niro can play Sheeran across the decades, a move that swelled the film's budget to the point where Hollywood studios balked at offering financing, allowing Netflix to step in and snag the prestigious production.
In a new set of photos from the set of The Irishman, we get our first glimpse of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino working together with Martin Scorsese (via The Daily Mail). The Irishman has been shooting in and around New York, capturing scenes set in the late '60s and early '70s, when Pacino's character Jimmy Hoffa was the head of the Teamsters union and as such was deep in bed with mobsters. One of the new photos shows De Niro's Sheeran - the man who would later claim to have helped make Hoffa disappear - involved in a dramatic exchange with Pacino's Hoffa on the front stoop of a suburban house. Most of the photos are light-hearted however, showing De Niro, Pacino and Scorsese joking around in between takes.
The Irishman surprisingly marks the first time movie legend Al Pacino has worked for fellow legend Martin Scorsese. De Niro has worked with Scorsese many times, teaming up with the director for a slew of cinematic classics, including Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Goodfellas among others. Pacino and De Niro have worked together two times before, first on Michael Mann's masterpiece Heat, and later on the non-masterpiece Righteous Kill. Both actors appeared in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather: Part II but they did not share any scenes together.
With its cast of aging legends and Scorsese at the helm, The Irishman feels like something of a last hurrah for a group of performers and a director who in many ways defined the modern-day gangster genre. Pacino played a huge part in setting the mold for how crime figures are portrayed on screen through his performances as Michael Corleone in three Godfather films, his portrayal of cocaine kingpin Tony Montana in Brian De Palma's Scarface and his performance as the doomed title character in De Palma's Carlito's Way. De Niro took a hand in that process as well, playing the young Don Vito in Godfather: Part II, and later working with Scorsese on seminal modern-day crime movies Goodfellas and Casino.
If The Irishman only represents a chance for these historic figures to take one last bow, it will be a worthy venture, if perhaps somewhat sad. The hope is that, with the still-vital Martin Scorsese at the helm, The Irishman will be more than just an elegy for the gangster film but will give the genre a jolt of new energy. De Niro and Pacino, whose work arguably has tailed off significantly in recent years, hopefully each have one last great performance left in them. If anyone can get those guys back to something like what they used to be in their glory days, it's Martin Scorsese.
The Irishman does not have a release date currently. We'll keep you updated on the latest.
Source: Daily Mail