Irish Eye on Hollywood: The Irishman Set to Make DeNiro Young Again

Robert DeNiro, c. 1980.
Robert DeNiro, c. 1980.

By Tom Deignan, Contributor
December / January 2017

Speaking of Scorsese, more details are emerging about his upcoming mega-project The Irishman, starring Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino.  Though it is still in the pre-production phase, anticipation for this flick is already running high.

The Irishman is based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, which bills itself as the final word on who killed famed union leader Jimmy Hoffa. (Irish American teamster and criminal Frank Sheeran, according to Brandt.)

Reports now suggest The Irishman will begin shooting next year, with a release date sometime in 2018.

DeNiro (right, c. 1980) recently spilled some details in a podcast interview hosted by Empire magazine, saying that the filmmakers are experimenting with technology that might make DeNiro and others look younger in flashbacks, so that younger actors do not need to be hired.

“I’m working on The Irishman with Marty Scorsese,” DeNiro said, “and there are sections, earlier periods in the film, where we’re experimenting with how I can [look younger], like Benjamin Button. Not only me, but the other actors too.” ♦

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