TV and Showbiz / 26-09-2019

Robert De Niro ages from his 20s to his 80s in The Irishman trailer

At 76, Robert De Niro is firmly into his twilight years as an actor.

But in the Oscar-winner's new movie The Irishman, director Martin Scorsese manages the incredible and turns back the clock 50 years.

Thanks to the use of cutting edge de-ageing technology, we see De Niro's character Frank Sheeran throughout his life, from his early twenties in the army, right through to his eighties.

Robert De Niro ages from his 20s to his 80s in The Irishman trailer

Rolling back the years: Robert De Niro grows from his 20s to his 80s in The Irishman trailer thanks to incredible de-ageing technology; here he is seen in his character's youth

Older: Here we see Sheeran older, in a scene in which he plays a truck driverin his 40s

Getting on a bit: The first half sees them play the characters in their earlier years, thaks to the digital 'youthification'; here we see Sheeran in his 60s

Aged: Here De Niro looks significantly older, playing Sheeran in his final years in his 80s

Sharing four images of De Niro in character, the Netflix film's official Twitter page stated: 'A lot can happen in a lifetime.'

'It took a lot of work to do,' De Niro explained to Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night, as the trailer premiered on The Tonight Show.

'I'm happy, because maybe it'll extend my career another 30 years,' he added, laughing.

Explaining how the process worked, he said: 'We had slight dots [on the actor's faces], they didn't want it to get in our way. They did it very subtly, so they had references. 

'They had all kind of cameras taking pictures and a special camera photographing us.'

How it works: De Niro explained it 'took a lot of work' as he chatted to Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night, as the trailer premiered on The Tonight Show

Explained: Explaining how the process worked, he said: 'We had slight dots, they didn't want it to get in our way. They did it very subtly, so they had references. They had all kind of cameras taking pictures and a special camera photographing us'

No tech needed: When it came to De Niro's voice, that was all him

But when it came to De Niro's voice, that was all him.

Asked by Fallon if 'they' changed his voice, he explained: 'Only I, I mean I changed it more towards the end.' 

Like De Niro, Pacino, 79, and co-star Joe Pesci, 76, have all been de-aged in the movie, which spans the course of six decades.

During the later scenes in The Irishman, the Hollywood greats feature as their current ages, but the first half sees them play the characters in their earlier years, thanks to the digital 'youthification'.

While editing the film, Scorsese complained that the new technology had delayed the long-awaited movie, which has been in development for more than four years.  

Hoffa: The highly-anticipated film is based on the explosive book I Heard You Paint Houses, where, on his deathbed, mob assassin Frank Sheeran (De Niro) confessed that he killed union leader Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino)

Scorsese told interviewers that the de-ageing process led to a lack of intensity in the actor's eyes during some of the shots, however the issue appears to have now been resolved to his satisfaction. 

The highly-anticipated film is based on the explosive book I Heard You Paint Houses, where, on his deathbed, mob assassin Sheeran confessed that he killed union leader Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino). 

New trailer: Netflix debuted the new trailer for The Irishman, just days before its world premiere at the New York Film Festival on September 27

On the job: The shots show Sheeran strangling someone from the backseat of a car, before taking a few drinks with friends and punching several people after answering that he doesn't do any of those things 'on the job'

The trailer opens with Sheeran putting on a gold ring and bracelet while speaking with attorney Bill Bufalino (Ray Romano).

Bufalino explains that 'management' can only fire a driver on very specific charges, and proceeds to ask Sheeran a number of questions, the answers to which are contradicted in quick-cut shots.

The shots show Sheeran strangling someone from the backseat of a car, before taking a few drinks with friends and punching several people after answering that he doesn't do any of those things 'on the job.'

Crime syndicate: Bill then introduces Frank to his cousin, Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci), the head of the Bufalino crime family syndicate

Rewarded: Sheeran explains that working for the mob was 'like the army,' adding, 'you did the right thing, you get rewarded

Bill then introduces Frank to his cousin, Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci), the head of the Bufalino crime family syndicate.

Sheeran explains that working for the mob was 'like the army,' adding, 'you did the right thing, you get rewarded. 

Russell explains to Sheeran that they're having a little trouble with somebody at the top, referring to Hoffa. 

Trouble with Hoffa: Russell explains to Sheeran that they're having a little trouble with somebody at the top, referring to Hoffa

As Sheeran explains in voiceover that everyone in the country knew who Jimmy Hoffa was, Hoffa himself escapes an assassination attempt in a courtroom.

'You always charge a guy with a gun, with a knife, you run away,' Hoffa explains to onlookers in the courtroom.

Hoffa then calls Sheeran, asking if he'd like to be a part of history, stating that 'big business and the government are trying to pull us apart,' and 'something has got to be done.'

Attempt: As Sheeran explains in voiceover that everyone in the country knew who Jimmy Hoffa was, Hoffa himself escapes an assassination attempt in a courtroom

Shocking: After disarming the assassin, Hoffa addresses the court


History: Hoffa then calls Sheeran, asking if he'd like to be a part of history, stating that 'big business and the government are trying to pull us apart,' and 'something has got to be done'

Sheeran then meets with Russell Bufalino and another mafia boss, Angelo Bruno (Harvey Keitel), who implores Sheeran to say what he told him.

Russell Bufalino says 'things have gotten out of hand with our friend,' referring to Hoffa, while Sheeran tries to plea to Hoffa himself.

'You've gotta sit down, everybody says so,' Sheeran tells Hoffa over the phone, while Hoffa replies, 'No I'm not sitting down, I can't do it!'

Boss: Sheeran then meets with Russell Bufalino and another mafia boss, Angelo Bruno (Harvey Keitel), who implores Sheeran to say what he told him

Hoffa: Russell Bufalino says 'things have gotten out of hand with our friend,' referring to Hoffa, while Sheeran tries to plea to Hoffa himself

Sit down: 'You've gotta sit down, everybody says so,' Sheeran tells Hoffa over the phone, while Hoffa replies, 'No I'm not sitting down, I can't do it!'

The trailer ends with various shots, including one where Hoffa tells another character, 'I know things they don't know I know,' which could be referring to the JFK assassination, since JFK footage is peppered throughout the trailer. 

Russell  saying, 'It's gonna happen, either way, he's going,' as Sheeran picks up two guns as the trailer comes to an end.

The final shot features Bill Bufalino saying he doesn't care if he did it or not, that he's here to defend him, referring to the murder of Jimmy Hoffa, when Sheeran asks if he wants to know if he did it or not.

The Irishman will debut November 1 for a brief awards-qualifying theatrical run, before debuting on Netflix November 27. The movie will have it's world premiere at the New York Film Festival on September 27.

Knowing: The trailer ends with various shots, including one where Hoffa tells another character, 'I know things they don't know I know,' which could be referring to the JFK assassination, since JFK footage is peppered throughout the trailer


Gonna happen: Russell saying, 'It's gonna happen, either way, he's going,' as Sheeran picks up two guns as the trailer comes to an end

Coming soon: The Irishman will debut November 1 for a brief awards-qualifying theatrical run, before debuting on Netflix November 27 



26-09-2019 14:00, source: dailymail, by James Foster
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