Sunday 25 February 2018

Goodfellas reunion (kind of) official - Joe Pesci signs up for Martin Scorsese's The Irishman alongside De Niro

Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro in Goodfellas
Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro in Goodfellas
Frank Sivero (L), Joe Pesci and Chuck Low in Goodfellas
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Joe Pesci has finally agreed to appear in Martin Scorsese's new film The Irishman after he reportedly refused up to 50 times.

Pesci will be reunited with his Goodfellas co-star Robert De Niro and director Scorsese for the flick.  It will mark his fourth time working with the director after Raging Bull, Goodfellas and Casino.

The Godfather star Al Pacino has also been signed up for the film which is an adaptation of Charles Brandt's non-fiction book I Heard You Paint Houses, and tells the story of Mafia-tied 1950s hitman Frank Sheeran.

"It's about love, betrayal, remorse and the sadness and tragedy, ultimately, of a life led that way. It's about mercy too, I don't know if there'll be any of that in the picture yet, there might be," Scorsese recently told Independent.ie

He said it's not another Goodfellas, "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.

"Putting Goodfellas together was almost like an afterthought, at times I was kind of rushing, I felt I'd already done it because I'd played it all out in terms of the camera moves and the editing and that sort of thing.

"The style of the picture, cuts, the freeze-frames, all of this was planned way in advance, but here it's a little different.

"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," he adds.

Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights for the film but it will receive a small theatrical release in order to qualify for the Oscars.

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