TV and Showbiz / 01-10-2019

Al Pacino recalls thinking 'that kid's gonna go far' when he first met Robert De Niro

They're already gathering rave reviews for their respective performances in The Irishman ahead of the film's November release. 

But Al Pacino always knew Robert De Niro was going to be great, the 79-year-old revealed during an interview the two Oscar winners shared with Variety.

'I thought, "That kid’s gonna go far,"' Al recalled thinking after first bumping into Robert in New York City early in his career.  

Al Pacino recalls thinking 'that kid's gonna go far' when he first met Robert De Niro

Mutual respect: Al Pacino always knew Robert De Niro was going to be great, the 79-year-old revealed during an interview the two Oscar winners shared with Variety

'There was something about him,” the Scent of a Woman star remembered thinking of De Niro, when he and then-girlfriend actress Jill Clayburgh bumped into the future star of Taxi Driver in the East Village around 1970. 

'He had a certain charisma. He had that look.' 

The pair have only shared the screen twice previously in their lengthy careers: in 1995's Heat and 2008's Righteous Kill.

And De Niro, 76, revealed he didn't think much of their second outing, panning box office and critical flop Righteous Kill during the interview. 

Rare: The pair have only shared the screen twice previously in their lengthy careers: in 1995's Heat [pictured] and 2008's Righteous Kill

The way they were: In The Irishman [pictured] de-aging visual effects are employed so that the audience can watch De Niro and Pacino span decades of their characters' lives

The Raging Bull thespian remembered standing with Pacino during the Italian premiere of the crime thriller and commenting on the crowd's exuberant reaction.

'I said, "This is a great reaction, but it would be nice if they were here for a movie that we really feel proud about. Next time we’ll do one we like,"' recalled Robert.  

And based on the first reviews, plenty of people do indeed appreciate Martin Scorsese's latest gangster picture. 

Critics are already raving that it is a masterpiece and surefire contender for a slew of Oscars. 

2008: De Niro, 76, revealed he didn't think much of the pair's second onscreen outing, panning box office and critical flop Righteous Kill during the interview

Big day: The Irishman premiered on Friday at the New York Film Festival, finally raising the curtain on the director's long-awaited, 209-minute crime-drama opus. [L-R] Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, Martin Scorsese, Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro 

Variety called it 'a coldly enthralling triumph' and 'a stately, ominous, suck-in-your-breath summing up.'

The Hollywood Reporter called the film's length a weakness but still hailed 'a sprawling gangland saga that's by turns flinty, amusing and richly nostalgic.'

The New York Times says it is 'Scorsese's least sentimental picture of mob life, and for that reason his most poignant.'

The Irishman premiered on Friday at the New York Film Festival, finally raising the curtain on the director's long-awaited, 209-minute crime-drama opus. 

'Richly nostalgic': The Hollywood Reporter called the film's length a weakness but still hailed 'a sprawling gangland saga that's by turns flinty, amusing and richly nostalgic

Early days: Al Pacino [L] and Robert De Niro seen here in 1970

Through de-aging visual effects, the performances by De Niro, Pesci and Pacino span decades of their characters' lives. 

Based on Charles Brandt's 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses, a collection of recollections from the real-life figure Frank 'The Irishman' Sheeran, the movie has been in development, on and off, for more than a decade.

It stars De Niro as Sheeran, a mafia hitman and high-ranking Teamster official.

Shortly before his death, the real Sheeran confessed to killing Jimmy Hoffa (played here by Pacino) — a confession that remains in dispute, with Hoffa's disappearance officially unsolved.

Joe Pesci plays the mob boss Russell Bufalino, who takes Sheeran under his wing.

The Irishman is set to be released in theaters November 1, before hitting Netflix on November 27.  

All star lineup: [L-R] De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Liza Minnelli and Pacino in 1981

 



01-10-2019 12:46, source: dailymail, by James Foster
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