“I Heard You Paint Houses” is both the title of the 2003 book by Charles Brandt and allegedly the first words Jimmy Hoffa ever said to the mob affiliated Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran. The sentence is actually a morbid metaphor for a hitman’s line of work - to paint a house is to kill a man - the blood and brains splattering on the walls after the job was finished, Literally painting the walls red.
Since selling the film rights to Netflix for a reported 105 Million with a 125 Million Dollar budget, legendary Director Martin Scorsese has become attached to the project and has brought in possibly the biggest ensemble cast since he won his Oscar for 2006’s “The Departed”.
Deniro, Pacino, Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano, and Anna Paquin are all attached to Scorsese’s first ever Netflix original “The Irishman.” The film recently wrapped production and is well past its budget, ballooning to nearly 200 Million Dollars. The music, editing and a full arsenal of CGI effects will be completed by Industrial Light & Music, the same George Lucas founded company behind the aging effects in Brad Pitt’s “Benjamin Button.”
Al Pacino, cast as Jimmy Hoffa (and his first time working with Scorsese) will be playing the character at 3 different ages. The 77-year-old Oscar winning Actor will have his appearance altered to portray Hoffa as young as 39, when he first met Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, played by Robert DeNiro. The two actors haven’t held screen time since 2008’s “Righteous Kill” Before that, they were together in Michael Mann’s sizzling bank heist movie “Heat”. Joe Pesci was said to have turned Scorsese down almost 50 times before signing on for a supporting role. Funny guy!
The film focuses on DeNiro’s character and his supposed involvement in the 1975 disappearance or “murder” of Union Leader Jimmy Hoffa. Currently, this is Netflix’s biggest budgeted film. The streaming site turned production company continues to push boundaries in the industry, and change how the audience can view a quality original movie from the comfort of their couch. Scorsese spent 106 Days shooting “The Irishman” which just wrapped in March and is expecting a 2019 release. Despite the budgetary hardships “The Irishman” is expected to be one of the Best films of the Year. Unfortunately, it just might not be this year.