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Entertainment

REUTERS
October 14, 2019

Martin Scorsese says he wanted to 'enrich' past De Niro work with 'The Irishman'

Entertainment

REUTERS
Mon, Oct 14, 2019
Photo: REUTERS 

LONDON: Martin Scorsese reunites with Robert De Niro in The Irishman, a 3-1/2 hour long mob drama the acclaimed director said he chose to do with his frequent collaborator to build on their past work together rather than replicate it.

Set over several decades, The Irishman looks at a Pennsylvania organized crime family with Oscar winners De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci in the main roles.

The Netflix movie, which closes the BFI London Film Festival on Sunday, uses digital de-ageing technology to show the characters in their 30s and 40s. De Niro, Pesci and Pacino are all in their 70s.

The project is Scorsese’s and De Niro’s latest collaboration following acclaimed works like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas and Casino.

“I was really looking for something with Bob (De Niro) to enrich more or less where we had gone in the ‘70s and the ‘80s and the early ‘90s,” Scorsese told a news conference.

“To just replicate what we had been trying to do at the beginning of our careers wouldn’t be enriching in any way.”