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Joe Pesci comes out of retirement and joins Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in the cast of Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’


So finally, the mythical Joe Pesci has agreed to join the cast of one of the most hotly anticipated films of recent times; Martin Scorsese’s mob epic The Irishman. He will join none other than the two major figureheads of the acting world, let alone the gangster genre, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.

The film will be the first time Pacino and Scorsese have worked together while it will mark the first time De Niro has worked with the acclaimed director since starring in 1995’s Casino. And it will certainly be the first time these three Italian-American giants of the acting world will have worked together at once.

The Irishman depicts the life of real-life mob hitman Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheehan, who alleged he was the gunman to bring down Jimmy Hoffa in the controversial murder. The script was adapted by Steve Zaillian (Schindler’s List) from Charles Brandt’s non-fiction novel I Heard You Paint Houses.

So far so good. The only possible worry is the idea that Pacino and De Niro will be digitally aged for younger scenes, to avoid using prosthetics or younger actors. But we’ll leave you to discuss whether that is a good idea, because for now, all we can think about is Joe Pesci calling someone a “you motherfucker you”.

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