The first look at Netflix’s The Irishman is here and we were right to build this up.
It looks sensational.
Directed by Martin Scorsese – who you may remember as the voice of Sykes in Shark Tale – the film stars Robert De Niro (the guy who thinks vaccines cause autism) and Al Pacino (Rob Brydon) as a couple of gangsters in a post-war America, delving into the mysterious disappearance of legendary Union President Jimmy Hoffa.
Joining De Niro and Pacino are some pretty exciting names, such as Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Jesse Plemons, Anna Paquin, Stephen Graham, Ray Romano and Bobby Cannavale.
Based on the Charles Brandt novel I Heard You Paint Houses, The Irishman follows World War II veteran Frank Sheeran – an infamous hitman – through the years as he worked with some of the most notorious names of his time.
New York Film Festival director Kent Jones described the film as ‘funny, troubling, entertaining and, like all great movies, absolutely singular’.
He said: “It’s the work of masters, made with a command of the art of cinema that I’ve seen very rarely in my lifetime, and it plays out at a level of subtlety and human intimacy that truly stunned me.”
Another of the actors set to star in the film, Sebastian Maniscalco, told Joe Rogan that we can expect the film in October. He said: “It’s coming out in October.”
“I didn’t sleep for the first week leading up to the [first] scene, because I knew it was gonna be with De Niro and Pesci.
“When I went in there, I told myself, ‘I ain’t talking to nobody. I’m going to speak when [I’m] spoken to.
“There was a part when they were lighting De Niro – we’re standing face to face, and he’s looking at me and I’m looking at him. I wasn’t going to say nothing. And then he comes in [towards] my tie [and says] ‘Your tie needs to be tightened a little bit’ – he cinched my tie.”
Furthermore, director Scorsese was keen to let audiences know that his new film is different to the rest of his mafia movies. He told The Independent: “This is different, I think it is. I admit that there are – you know, Goodfellas and Casino have a certain style that I created for them – it’s on the page in the script actually.”
“Putting Goodfellas together was almost like an afterthought, at times I was kind of rushing, I felt I’d already done it because I’d played it all out in terms of the camera moves and the editing and that sort of thing.
“The style of the picture, the cuts, the freeze-frames, all of this was planned way in advance, but here it’s a little different.”
October, people – get it in your diaries.