‘The Irishman’ Tackles Toxic Masculinity & Is a Slower Scorsese Movie, Per Producer

     September 23, 2019


What can we expect from Martin Scorsese‘s upcoming film The Irishman when it comes to aspects like tone and pacing? Per one of The Irishman‘s producers, Jane Rosenthal, this Scorsese joint is diverging slightly from the director’s well-trod territory of looking at the inner workings of the mob — don’t worry, there will still be plenty of that — by going into some esoteric and timely thematic explorations.

Speaking with Deadline ahead of The Irishman‘s New York Film Festival premiere on Friday, September 27, Rosenthal opened up about the pacing of the movie.


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“I’m excited for the world to get to see it. What will surprise you is, as a Scorsese movie, it is a slower movie. It doesn’t have the kind of intensity — the visual intensity — as a Casino, as a Goodfellas. It is guys looking at themselves through an older perspective.”

In addition to The Irishman moving at a somewhat slower pace as it tells the story “through an older perspective,” Rosenthal hints there will be a noticeable introspective quality to it. She also reveals one of the movie’s themes:

“What you do look at with something like The Irishman is the toxic masculinity and what happens when someone chooses one family over their own nuclear family, and then tries to make repairs at the end of their lives. What happens to particularly men who make that decision.”

The Irishman stars Robert De Niro as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a hitman who finds himself working for labor leader Jimmy Hoffa, played by Al PacinoJoe Pesci joins as Russell Bufalino, the mob boss advising Sheeran, and Anna Paquin plays Sheeran’s wife, Peggy. Jesse PlemonsBobby CannavaleHarvey Keitel, and Stephen Graham round out the cast. The movie is adapted from author Charles Brandt‘s non-fiction book I Heard You Paint Houses, a title that actually gets name-dropped in the first trailer released by Netflix.

The Irishman arrives on Netflix on November 27, 2019. Curious about other big Irishman news? Here’s our take on The Irishman‘s runtime and a look at the latest incredible poster for the flick. Check out the official trailer below:

Here’s the official synopsis for The Irishman:

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century. Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.

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