Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken, and Val Kilmer Befriend THE IRISHMAN

     May 7, 2009

Written by Matt Goldberg

Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken, and Val Kilmer have come on board to Jonathan Hensleigh’s “The Irishman”. While I would hope for a whimsical comedy in the vein of “Waking Ned Devine”, it’s more in the vein of “State of Grace”. The film is based off real story of mobster Danny Greene (Stevenson) which inspired the book “To Kill the Irishman: The War That Crippled the Mafia”. After that war, the Mafia walked with a limp. On the plus side, the Mafia got all the good parking spaces from there on out.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Greene was a violent Irish-American gangster who competed with the Italian mob in 1970s Cleveland and ended up provoking a countrywide turf war that crippled the mafia. Walken will play the loan shark and nightclub owner Shondor Birns, and Kilmer is a Cleveland police detective who befriends Greene.

Wait, the film takes place in Cleveland? Who gives a shit. I hope they’re planning to re-set the film in a real city. Barring that, I will accept a giant shootout at the Rock and Roll Museum. And don’t tell me that the museum wasn’t built until 1983. This is a dramatic change that is crucial to the film. If Greene doesn’t brain a guy with one of Elvis’ guitars, this whole project was a waste.

Also, there should be a cameo from Harvey Pekar.

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