The Irishman : 9 things to know about Martin Scorsese s 100 million Goodfellas reunion

Get the Full StoryGetty ImagesMartin Scorsese s Silence may have been his 28-year-old passion project, but it was mostly ignored by audiences, grossing only 7 million in the U.S. opposite a 40 million budget. Something tells us the same fate won t meet the director s next project, which carries an even bigger budget and bigger stars.

The Irishman is gearing up for production this summer, and it brings Scorsese back to the genre he helped define in the modern era and reunites him with some of the actors he helped make iconic. Anticipation is sky high and warranted, given everything we know about the movie . Here are the 9 most essential bits of information you need to know:1. The movie is Martin Scorsese s first gangster movie in over a decade

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Scorsese has built his career on iconic gangster movies, from Goodfellas to Casino, Mean Streets and The Departed, so his return to the genre after more than a decade is cause for celebration.

The Irishman is based on the 2003 book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, which recounts the years Frank The Irishman Sheeran spent as a mob hitman. Brandt interviewed Sheeran over a five-year period, during which the mobster confessed to being involved in more than 25 hits for the mob. Sheeran was allegedly involved in the death of legendary mob boss Jimmy Hoffa, who went missing in July 1975 and was never found.

2. But it s not your classic Martin Scorsese gangster movie

Anyone hoping for Scorsese to capture the cinematic energy of Goodfellas once again may want to lower their expectations. It appears the filmmaker is going to be making a much more elegiac and sobering gangster movie this time around. The Irishman picks up with Sheeran as an older man as he looks back on the hits that defined his mob career.

The people are also older in The Irishman, it s certainly more about looking back, a retrospective so to speak of a man s life and the choices that he s had to make, Scorsese told The Independent in May.

As to whether the movie follows in the tradition of Goodfellas ? He told the outlet, I think 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 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.

3. Scorsese is working with Robert De Niro for the first time in 22 years


Scorsese and Robert De Niro s careers are intertwined after making eight movies together, including Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and The King of Comedy. But the duo haven t made a movie together since Casino, which was released 22 years ago in November 1995. The Irishman will mark their ninth collaboration.

While Scorsese s career in the two decades since has remained strong, De Niro hasn t really had a critically acclaimed lead dramatic role in several years. He earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Silver Linings Playbook, but reuniting with Scorsese is just what his big screen career needs most right now.

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