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Joe Pesci & Al Pacino May Be Joining Scorsese's 'The Irishman'

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September 13, 2010
Source: Deadline

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We may be on the verge of an amazing collection of the finest actors to ever grace mafia movies with their presence. For a couple of years we've been hearing about another collaboration between Robert De Niro and director Martin Scorsese with The Irishman, a film about Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, a reputed criminal who has carried out more than 25 mob murders. Scorsese is currently working on The Invention of Hugo Cabret, but there's been talk that this could be his next project after that. Now even better news comes from Deadline who reports Al Pacino and three-time Scorsese collaborator Joe Pesci are circling the project.

De Niro has talked about the potential for two films coming out of the source material book I Heard You Paint Houses, but it's unclear if that idea (which came from Forrest Gump writer Eric Roth) will actually happen. Described as Goodfellas meets Casino meets Heat the project certainly would certainly raise a lot of interesting eyebrows if this cast comes together.

Pesci and De Niro both previously worked with Scorsese on Raging Bull, Casino and Goodfellas, so their collaborative muscles have been well exercised. Meanwhile, Pacino has surprisingly never appeared in a Scorsese film (though the director has said that he would be a fine choice to play an older version of Frank Sinatra in his gestating biopic on the iconic singer). This is amazing news for mafia movie fans everywhere, so I hope this casting actually comes to fruition. Sound good?

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  • paul
    anything with pesci is good
  • Graham
    How come I'm so excited to get a chance to see a bunch of wrinkly old men swearing at each other?
  • Al
    I don't wanna be "that guy" but i'm starting to wonder what Scorsesse's last masterpiece is going to be. It won't be Shutter Island(I liked the film, but it didn't have a punch), I doubt it will be a throw away piece like Hugo, so could this be it? Or is the last truly great Marty flick going to be The Deaparted? yes, i understand its all subjective, just wondering cause the guy is getting up there in years.
  • max s.
    two words.. HELL YES!!! robert deniro, joe pesci, and al pacin in the same movie directed by martin scorsese i'd say is probobally a match made in heaven. and #3 if he's gonna go with a bang let's hope this is it
  • beavis
    @ #2 - because these "wrinkly old men" are great actors........unlike most of the younger actors available today. i'd love to see these 3 guys hook up to do a movie - i'd be there opening night for it.
  • jah p
    Who's gonna play Frank the Irishman?Dude is like 6'4, tall as hell! None of these actors are above 5'll! Unless they get Ray Stevenson to play him...man, why won't somebody please do the Iceman (Richard Kucklinski) movie! If you haven't read his book, if done right, it could go down as one of the best mafia movies ever!
  • @ #6, jah p, You're in luck, because last September it was revealed that Mickey Rourke would be doing a movie about Richard "Iceman" Kucklinski. That news is almost a year old, but it was just recently recycled out of the Toronto International Film Festival press gamut with Rourke still starring and even producing. Check out the old story right here and the recent confirmation of the project right here. I guess dreams really do come true! Cheers!
  • Waste of Time
    I'd like to see a film about mobsters who are really nice and help children.
  • tir na nog
    This could be amazing,if these guys are interested you can bet De Niro has read the script as well and might be involved.He did say that himself and Scorsese were doing two more films together.We can hope.
  • Hattori Hanzo
    Pesci, De Niro and Pacino in a Scorsese film? Leo must be biting at the bit to get in this one!
  • Delvis Crasho
    A 3rd (I don't count Godfather II, probably shouldn't count Righteous Kill) pairing of Pacino & De Niro? I'm in. Pesci back in a mafia film? Definitely in! And on top of all of this, Scorsese directing? Seriously, someone pinch me.
  • LetterJ13
    I wanna see Pesci as Hoffa. That would be priceless. Heat / Godfather II are all time favorites. I didn't love Righteous Kill, but mostly because it was too predictable. This could be a great movie with all three of them together (+ Scorsese) for one last role of the dice. I agree with #6 - Ray Stevenson, would play a great Irishman. But if you're looking for height requirements to be fulfilled by worthy candidates ... Gerard Butler = 6'2 Vince Vaughn = 6'5 (could you imagine him is this role?) Liam Neeson = 6'4 Eric Bana = 6'2.5 Jeffery D. Morgan = 6'2
  • beavis
    #12 - i thought jack nicholson did a great job as hoffa. i can watch that movie anytime. from your group of worthy candidates - Neeson is my overwhelming choice. i drool thinking about all four of those guys in ONE movie! (and no - i don't want to even imagine VV in that role. he's ok in comedies, but i'm not a big fan of his)
  • blasphemer
    damn right!! go for it....why should the wops get all the good movie exposure??? we micks have just as violent a past as they do...all of that meant good naturedly of course....

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