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  • Al Pacino was offered the role of Jimmy Conway in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas (1990). He has regretted turning down that role ever since.
  • This is the fifth Martin Scorsese film that is about an Irish mobster. The other films are: Goodfellas (1990), Casino (1995), Gangs of New York (2002), and The Departed (2006). The main characters in Casino (1995) were Jewish and Italian. Dogs was Irish, and he's in the movie for a grand total of three minutes.
  • Al Pacino was Martin Scorsese's first choice for the role of Frank Costello in The Departed (2006).
  • As of May 15th, 2016, STX Entertainment bought the international distribution rights of the film. After this, the project was green-lit to start production. Scorsese pitched the project as far back as 2007.
  • At one point, it was conceived as being a two-part film.
  • Filming began in August 2017.
  • This is the first feature film directed by Martin Scorsese to star Robert De Niro since Casino (1995).
  • Joe Pesci's first film appearance since his voice role in Savva. Serdtse voina (2015) and first on-screen film appearance since Love Ranch (2010).
  • The second Martin Scorsese film designed by Dante Ferretti starring Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, the prior film being Casino (1995).
  • Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel appeared in Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976), Falling in Love (1984), Cop Land (1997), The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2004), Little Fockers (2010), The Comedian (2016), and Arthur and the Invisibles (2006).
  • The sixth film where Martin Scorsese directs Harvey Keitel, after Who's That Knocking at My Door (1967), Mean Streets (1973), Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974), Taxi Driver (1976), and The Last Temptation of Christ (1988).
  • This is the ninth feature film collaboration between Director Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, with their prior films being: Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976), New York, New York (1977), Raging Bull (1980), The King of Comedy (1982), Goodfellas (1990), Cape Fear (1991), and Casino (1995). However, this is the tenth film collaboration if you take in account the short film The Audition (2015).
  • The seventh film featuring Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. The others being Raging Bull (1980), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Goodfellas (1990), Casino (1995), A Bronx Tale (1993), and The Good Shepherd (2006).
  • The fourth feature collaboration between Martin Scorsese and Mexican cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, after The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), The Audition (2015), and Silence (2016).
  • This will be the first time after many attempts over the past 3 decades that Al Pacino will finally be in a Martin Scorsese film.
  • The budget was set at one hundred million dollars.
  • A relatively new production company, STX, secured international rights on the movie. They are a young studio focused on making mid-budget, adult-targeted, star-powered films, which include: The Gift (2015), The Boy (2016), and Hardcore Henry (2015).
  • According to Deadline, the movie has been in development since 2010.
  • According to Robert De Niro, the movie will use The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) style effects to make him and other cast members look younger during flashback scenes.
  • Ray Liotta expressed interest in playing a role in the movie.
  • Scheduled for a late 2018 release.
  • Robert De Niro and Al Pacino appeared in The Godfather: Part II (1974), Heat (1995), and Righteous Kill (2008).
  • When asked during interview with Cinema Blend about how will the film handle the age difference between the actors and characters, Producer Gastón Pavlovich stated, "You don't use prosthetics, make-up; they have acting, and the technology is able to have them go through different time ages without the prosthetics. So, we've seen some tests and it looks extraordinary. We were able to film Bob (Robert De Niro) and just do a scene, we saw it come down to when he was like twenty, forty, sixty, so we're looking forward to that, from that point of view, for The Irishman. Imagine seeing what De Niro looked like in The Godfather: Part II (1974) days, that's pretty much how you're going to see him again." The technology will be utilized for the other cast members in the film.
  • This is Martin Scorsese's 26th full-length theatrical feature film.
  • Production was initially split between Paramount Pictures (which was planning to release it domestically), Media Asia (which picked up Chinese distribution), and STX Entertainment (which took international rights). After studio chief Brad Grey left, Paramount lost confidence in the film's $100 million budget. The film went into turnaround, and Netflix acquired the rights.
  • The film is going to be released by Netflix.
  • Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci appeared in Raging Bull (1980), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Goodfellas (1990), A Bronx Tale (1993), Casino (1995), and The Good Shepherd (2006).
  • This is the fourth time Martin Scorsese has directed Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, after Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990), and Casino (1995).
  • Netflix paid US$ 105 million to bring Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci together.
  • Martin Scorsese's The Irishman made the move to Netflix in 2017. The streamer has picked up the rights to the long-gestating gangster movie, which was originally set up at Paramount.
  • Filming begins in August 2017.
  • During an interview with The Playlist, Martin Scorsese teased that this would be different from his other gangster films, saying "I think this is different, I think it is. I admit that there are, you know, Goodfellas (1990) and Casino (1995) have a certain style that I created for them, it's on the page in the script actually. Putting Goodfellas (1990) together was almost like an afterthought, at times he was kind of rushing, he felt I'd already done it because he'd played it all out in terms of the camera moves and the editing and that sort of thing. The style of the picture, the 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 (2018), it's certainly more about looking back, a retrospective, so to speak, of man's life, and the choices that he's had to make."
  • Robert De Niro said that the film represents "unfinished business" between Martin Scorsese and him.
  • Martin Scorsese , Bobby Cannavale, Paul Ben-Victor, J C MacKenzie and Ray Romano previously worked together on Vinyl (2016).
  • In this film, Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran (Robert De Niro) has a couple of encounters with a guy named Dave Ferrie. Dave Ferrie was portrayed by Joe Pesci in JFK (1991). Pesci plays Pennsylvania mob boss Russell Bufalino in this film.
  • Third collaboration between Martin Scorsese and Bobby Cannavale. The others being Boardwalk Empire (2010) and Vinyl (2016).
  • In addition to their close call on Goodfellas (1990), Al Pacino was almost directed by Martin Scorsese when Francis Ford Coppola, a fellow apprentice to Roger Corman, suggested he direct The Godfather: Part II (1974) after seeing Mean Streets (1973). Paramount Pictures head Robert Evans, however, felt Scorsese was not experienced enough for the job and preferred that Coppola direct.
  • This film debuts in 2018, which is the 40th Anniversary year of the same titled, but unrelated 1978 Australian film of the same name, The Irishman (1978).
  • This is the first film Martin Scorsese and Joe Pesci have collaborated on together without the late Frank Vincent.
  • According to Deadline, before accepting the role of Russell Bufalino, Joe Pesci refused multiple times to come out of retirement in order to appear in this film. Some sources say the actual number of refusals was fifty.
  • British actor Stephen Graham previously worked with Martin Scorsese and Steve Zaillian on Gangs of New York (2002).
  • The first collaboration between Al Pacino and Martin Scorsese.
  • The cast includes four Oscar winners: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Anna Paquin and Joe Pesci; and one Oscar nominee: Harvey Keitel.
  • Casino (1995) was the last Martin Scorsese directed film in which Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Frank Vincent appeared.
  • Joseph Russo played Joe Pesci in Jersey Boys (2014).
  • Al Pacino's first time playing a mobster in 21 years.
  • Frank Sheeran measured in at 6'4", almost 6" taller than the man portraying him, Robert De Niro. Some techniques like"forced perspective" and shoe lifts helped maintain the illusion of Sheeran's hulking frame. Similar techniques were used in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994).
  • Martin Scorsese's salary for "The Irishman " was between $10m and $15m.
  • Alan King's character Andy Stone in Martin Scorsese's Casino (1995) was based on real-life Teamsters member Allan Dorfman, who is portrayed by Jake Hoffman in the film.
  • New Jersey native comedian Jim Norton plays the late great comedian Don Rickles. Rickles himself played a supporting role in Casino (1995), the previous collaboration between Scorsese, Pesci, and De Niro.
  • The Irishman wrapped filming on March 5, 2018.
  • As of March 2018, it was reported that the budget for "The Irishman" had escalated to $175m.
  • Al Pacino said that, to him, the process of filming The Irishman was how it felt filming movies in the 1970s.
  • The Irishman took 106 days to film. This is the longest shooting schedule in Martin Scorsese's career.
  • Robert De Niro wanted the film to retain the same title as the book "I Heard You Paint Houses".
  • Special effects titan Industrial Light and Magic is providing the work to de-age the actors. According to Al Pacino, there would be computers on the camera sides during production to track and follow the cast for the actors to work with. Pacino said that he'd be playing Hoffa at different ages as told by the crew at ages like 39 or 48. Pacino said when told that his performance was to be at that age, he'd refer to a memory around that time and try to physically and mentally perform as if he were that age.
  • While filming The Irishman, Martin Scorsese turned seventy-five years old. To celebrate his seventy-fifth birthday he received a large birthday cake with a picture of his face on it. His cake was also lined with cupcakes.
  • At least 10 of the actors and actresses have played alongside each other several times in the hit HBO show Boardwalk Empire.
  • There are no Irish actors in this film.
  • This is Martin Scorsese's first film for Netflix despite being vehemently opposed to watching feature films on a TV screen. However, some Netflix films do get a limited theatrical release.
  • Robert De Niro refers to himself as "The Irishman" in two scenes in Goodfellas (1990).
  • The film marks the first partnership between Al Pacino and Martin Scorsese.
  • The second film to feature Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro of the 21st Century after Shark Tale (2004).
  • Sebastian Maniscalco was given the option to either fly out to New York City or send a tape from Los Angeles where he resides. Maniscalco opted to buy his own ticket and fly out to audition and meet with the filmmakers. The casting director saw him and said that he was looking good for the movie, particularly since Scorsese was a fan of the comedian's work. Maniscalco said that actually killed his confidence for the audition and it went sour. They subsequently gave him notes and a second chance and he succeeded, although he was cast for a different character than the one he read for.
  • Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco was originally envisoned for the part of Skinny Razor. Upon meeting Maniscalco, Scorsese saw a darker edge to the comedian and offered him a more sinister part as Crazy Joe Gallo. Maniscalco accepted the role and Bobby Cannavalle took the role of Skinny Razor.
  • It is rumored the first cut of The Irishman (2019) exceeded 4 hours running time.
  • This is the first motion picture that actors Craig Vincent and Harvey Keitel have ever appeared in together. Keitel's wife Daphna Kastner directed Vincent in her 1995 film French Exit (1995)
  • The second collaboration between Anna Paquin and Harvey Keitel. They previously appeared together in "The Piano" (1993)
  • "I heard you paint houses" were the first words Jimmy Hoffa ever spoke to Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran. On The Tonight Show, Robert De Niro remarked that the term, along with "I also do my own carpentry work," refer to both the hit and the clean-up.
  • According to an article in Iohud by Karen Roberts published on Friday, September 22, 2017, walking down Lafayette Avenue in Suffern on Thursday was like stepping back in time into the New York of the 1960s and 70s. The filming had closed a stretch of downtown Suffern on Lafayette between Chestnut and Orange Avenues between 11:a.m. and 3 p.m. The film crew had dressed the exteriors of store windows to look like the time period the story was set in. Crews had also been filming in Blauvelt and Ardsley on Wednesday and various other locations around the Lower Hudson Valley.
  • Two of this film's stars have portrayed Al Capone: Robert De Niro in the film The Untouchables (1987) and Stephen Graham in the television series Boardwalk Empire (2010). In addition, Al Pacino starred in the movie Scarface (1983), which was a remake of the movie Scarface (1932), which was heavily inspired by the life of Al Capone.
  • Was originally set to have a wide theatrical release (being the first Netflix original film to do so). However, in August of 2019, it was announced that Netflix canceled the theatrical release, much to the chagrin of Scorsese fans. However it still received limited theatrical release in select theaters, and played at a majority of Alamo Drafthouses.
  • The film was shot primarily on 35 mm film.
  • Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano, Paul Ben-Victor, J.C. MacKenzie, and Bo Dietl previously worked together on the television show Vinyl (2016).
  • At three hours and thirty minutes, this is the longest film Martin Scorsese has directed, and the longest mainstream film released in over twenty years.
  • Scorsese's longest feature film yet. Clocking in at exactly 3 1/2 hours and surpassing his previous 3-hour film, The Wolf of Wall Street.
  • First time Harvey Keitel has appeared in a Martin Scorsese film in over 30 years. Their last effort was "The Last Temptation of Christ" (1988).
  • Martin Scorsese offered Mickey Rourke an unspecified role in " The Irishman ". According to Rourke , Robert De Niro refused to work with Rourke again after disagreements on the set of " Angel Heart" 33 years previously, and wouldn't approve the casting. Rourke also added that he could really have done with the money.
  • Mickey Rourke claimed Scorsese wanted him to appear in the movie, but that Robert De Niro refused to work with him as a result of a feud between himself and Rourke that stretched back to Angel Heart (1987) where the two co-starred together. In a statement to Entertainment Tonight, Irishman producers Jane Rosenthal and Emma Tillinger Koskoff and casting director Ellen Lewis said that Rourke was mistaken, and that he was never attached to the film. "Mickey Rourke was never asked to be in The Irishman nor was he ever even thought of, discussed, or considered to be in the movie," the statement read.
  • This is the seventh movie Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro have been in together but is the first time Pesci and Al Pacino have been in a movie together.
  • The lead actors are much older than the characters they portray in the film. Except characters that are dead. Those are older.
  • This epic production comprised 9 cameras, 309 scenes, 117 locations, and 108 shooting days, occasionally necessitating as many as three company moves in a single day.
  • According to De Niro, director Scorsese had approached him for an entirely different "aging hitman" project, for which he then read the book on the Irishman as research. He subsequently convinced Scorsese they should do that story instead. (Source: Appearance on the Graham Norton Show)
  • Martin Scorsese has predicted that due to the success of the de-aging ("youthification") process used extensively on his film, the need for makeup in the future may be drastically reduced. For the three leads in their seventies, the director had insisted that there be no stand-ins, no green screen, and no image/performance-capture with its requisite bulky headgear. Digital de-aging was what he settled for ultimately, a process that was executed here in a manner that had never been done quite this way previously.
  • Martin Scorsese has said that he couldn't get a Hollywood studio to back his epic mob movie, claiming nobody was interested in making a film with him and Robert De Niro anymore. Fortunately Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos ultimately stepped behind the production with a proposed budget of $160 million and the film was finally greenlit.
  • Director Martin Scorsese shares his birthday, November 17, with actor/director Danny DeVito, who directed the film Hoffa in 1992.
  • It has been widely reported that Joe Pesci was asked around 50 times to appear in this film before finally agreeing. According to Martin Scorsese the number was actually much higher.
  • Netflix's financial backing had a serious impact on the theatrical release. Netflix demands that its films be available on home streaming 30 days after theatrical release. No major cinema chain in the U.S., Europe, or many other territories was willing to show it, unwilling to break the minimum 90-day "gentleman's agreement" that cinemas and distributors have had for years. In many countries, the film was only show theatrically by small, independent cinemas and art house chains.
  • Stephen Graham was extremely nervous during the scene in which he and Al Pacino debate how late his character was for a meeting. Stephen thought, 'I'm in a scene with Robert De Niro and he says nothing. Shit!' This led him to improvise in another take line, 'What do you think Frank?' to Robert De Niro's character. Much to Stephen's delight, De Niro improvised the line, '12 and a half.'
  • The word "fuck" and all permutations of it are used 136 times. This marks the sixth film directed by Martin Scorsese to contain more than 100 uses of the word after "Raging Bull" (114 uses), "Goodfellas" (300 uses), "Casino" (422 uses), "The Departed" (237 uses) and "The Wolf of Wall Street" (569 uses).
  • The song that plays in the background during Russ's and Frank's conversation about Frank's tour in WWII in Sicily, sounds like The Godfather Waltz. De Niro plays the young Vito Corleone, who is also from Sicily, in The Godfather Saga. But actually the song is "Le Grisbi", by the French harmonica player Jean Wetzel.
  • Mobster Philip Testa is played by actor Larry Romano in the film. His death was referenced in the opening lines to the song Atlantic City by Bruce Springsteen (They blew up the chicken man in Philly last night). Testa was well-known by the nickname "Chicken Man". He was killed by a nail bomb planted under his front porch in March 1981.
  • Martin Scoresese pointed out that while the senior actors were digitally de-aged in their faces (and in some cases aged) there was still the challenge of acting physically younger (or older) in their posture, gait, and energy level. Scorsese claimed that attention was always paid to the characters' exact age in every scene, including subtle changes of only a few years.
  • Martin Scorsese claimed that for one shot of Jimmy Hoffa getting out of his chair, he had to reluctantly ask 78-year-old Pacino for another take, since Pacino's rise from the chair was a bit too noticeably stiff for Hoffa's age of 47 in the scene. Pacino performed the scene again and quipped "62!" Scorsese has said that a unique 'posture coach' - uncredited Gary Tacon - was on set for much of the shoot to monitor the physicality of the older stars portraying themselves as younger men.
  • Ray Romano and Robert De Niro have a previous mutual co-star in Peter Boyle. Romano and Boyle played father and son in 'Everybody Loves Raymond'. Boyle and De Niro worked together on 'Taxi Driver' (1976).
  • Joseph 'Crazy Joe' Gallo is seen entering the club Copacabana. This location is also featured in Scorsese's Goodfellas and Raging Bull.
  • At one point in the film Joe Pesci's character instructs Frank to meet with "a fairy named Ferrie." This is a reference to David Ferrie, who some believe had a hand in both the Bay of Pigs invasion and JFK's assassination. Pesci played David Ferrie in Oliver Stone's film JFK (1991).
  • Although Robert De Niro (an American of Italian / Irish ancestry) was always Scorsese's first choice for the role, when Scorsese originally proposed this project to Paramount, both Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan (both of whom are actually Irish born) were briefly considered as alternative choices in case De Niro was either not available or was asked to take the role of Russell Buffalino after Joe Pesci initially proved reluctant. Although both Neeson and Brosnan are about a decade younger than De Niro, and Neeson had a closer physical resemblance to the real-life Frank Sheeran, Scorsese had doubts about whether he could convincingly pull off the accent consistently. Brosnan was also contemplated, but it is believed he was not contacted as, by then, Pesci finally agreed to play the role of Russell meaning that alternative choices were no longer required.
  • As depicted in the film, both Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro can speak Italian.
  • Although Al Pacino himself was born in Harlem to a family of Sicilian origin, his character of Jimmy Hoffa was actually of German /Irish extraction making Hoffa's perceived slights against Italian Americans to be particularly ironic given the casting. Actors who would have been more accurate in regards to ethicity of Hoffa would include George Clooney, Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Jack Nicholson (who has previously played the character in 1992's 'Hoffa'), Christopher Walken and, ironically, Robert De Niro.
  • The scrap yard that Dorfman takes his car to is ran by all modern equipment that didn't exist in the 1960's.
  • Jonathan Morris was a real-life Catholic priest before leaving the priesthood in 2019.
  • The house that appears at the beginning of the film is the same house that appears in Goodfellas (1990).
  • Before the Bay of Pigs invasion, Bufalino(Joe Pesci) tells Frank to drive down and meet David Ferrie. Pesci played Ferrie in JFK.
  • Hoff's wife "Jo" was also in Goodfellas (1990).
  • Steve Witting, who plays Judge William Miller, played the role of Elliot Cookson in Hoffa (1992), a film about Jimmy Hoffa.
  • Joe Pesci turned down the role at least 50 times before finally accepting it.
  • Hoffa: Can you see outta those glasses? Reply: I can't see a fu$$ing thing Hoffa: Good thing you're not driving. A nod to Scent of a Woman, where Al Pacino's (who plays Jimmy Hoffa) blind character actually drives a car.
  • The scene where Russel and Franks seen in prison's yard and eating place is actually shot at the same place where "Orange Is the New Black (2013)" shot. Also from "Orange Is the New Black (2013)" Dascha Polanco has a role in this movie.
  • Four actors from Entourage are in The Irishman: Vince's accountant Marv, WB studio boss Alan, Dom and Martin Scorsese who played himself.
  • Martin Scorsese and editor Thelma Schoonmaker's collaboration goes way back to 1967 and Scorsese's Who's That Knocking at My Door (1967). They have worked together on most of Scorsese's films, totaling 24 movies including The Irishman (2019) (without short films and documentaries). Schoonmaker won Academy Awards for Scorsese's 'Raging Bull', 'The Aviator' and 'The Departed'.
  • Hotel Deauville, in the scene of the Teamsters' Miami Beach convention, is better known as the hotel where The Beatles performed during their second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 16, 1964.
  • 2nd collaboration between Robert De Niro (Frank Sheeran) and Katherine Narducci (Carrie Bufalino) since "A Bronx Tale" in which they play husband and wife. In this film she plays Joe Pesci's (Russell Bufalino) wife. Joe Pesci was also in the film "A Bronx Tale".
  • Hoffa is shown in his early stages of organizing and rallying the workers, wearing a bright red cold-weather cap and red necktie. Bright red was and is the color of communism and socialism, and Labor Unions had many socialists and communists and such sympathizers within their ranks. The red cold-weather cap shown is of a style popular in the USSR, communist China, communist North Korea, communist East Germany and others, during their harsh winters. The era had patriotic vigilance against the Red Scare by organizations such as the John Birch Society (JBS) and others. Whether this is coincidentally or intentionally costumed-in, is speculative and well within the reach of Scorsese's genius.
  • Hoffa explains he had only 5 years of schooling. In real life, he left schooling for work in the labor-force at 14yrs of age and never returned. He is portrayed as being far more intellectual, bright & articulate than Hoffa really was. When Hoffa says 'I went to school for five years', he didn't actually mean school, he meant prison. He elaborates by stating that he "didn't mention any names", meaning he didn't snitch on anyone while imprisoned.
  • When Frank Sheeran says, "Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead," he is quoting Benjamin Franklin.
  • At 209 minutes this is Martin Scorsese's longest-ever film.
  • The map used to describe the route taken by Russ and Frank from PA to Detroit shows I-275, which wasn't constructed until the late 70's, after Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance.
  • This is the first time Al Pacino worked with either Martin Scorsese or Joe Pesci on a film.
  • This was the first time that Al Pacino and Joe Pesci starred in a movie together. Robert de Niro and Pacino previously co starred in the Godfather part 2 (1974).
  • Frank and Peggy Sheeran (Father and daughter in the film) are portrayed by Robert De Niro and Anna Paquin. In real life the actors are 39 years apart.
  • This is the third film in which Al Pacino and Robert De Niro appear together in the same scenes. The first film was Heat (1995) and the second film was Righteous Kill (2008). They also starred in The Godfather: Part II (1974) but never appeared any scenes together.
  • The priest baptizing the infant at the 11:50 mark is a real Catholic priest Fr. James Martin S.J.
  • There's a lot of driving in "The Irishman," but nobody wears a seat belt.
  • Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro didn't want the de aging process to be obtrusive, or even require using headgear and face-tracking dots, so this primary concern was brought up by Scorsese to ILM visual effects supervisor Pablo Helman during a Thanksgiving dinner while filming Scorsese's previous film, Silence. In order to have the film given the green light for production, Helman spent ten weeks working on his proof of concept de-aging idea by having Scorsese and De Niro re-enacting the Christmas party scene from their earlier film, Goodfellas. Next, Helman developed a rig called by the crew as a three-head monster which consists of a main Red film camera and two mini-Alexa cameras that served as witness cameras to capture infrared versions of the images and the necessary volumetric information. Originally weighed at 38 kilos / 84 pounds, Arri managed to reduce it to 29 kilos / 64 pounds while making it wide up to 30 inches. The software used for de-aging actors, called FLUX, took two years to develop. It required building a virtual library that stores images of De Niro with other actors like Joe Pesci, Al Pacino and those who had to play younger versions of themselves from their early 40s until to their 60s. An artificial intelligence system was also developed in parallel to allow the system to take any frame they made and scour the full image library in an instant to give them reference images of what the actor should look like.
  • Martin Scorsese wanted the film's look to resemble a memory and a home movie but without the shakiness and the grain of a 8mm camera. Director of photography Rodrigo Prieto used four different looks (via different look up tables) for different periods of time, which according to him, the 1950s had the Kodachrome look; the 60s had the Ektachrome look; the 70s had a some small silver layer, the 1980s until the present day mimicked the ENR silver retention process with a more desaturated look. Prieto added that only the present day scenes were shot on film camera as it only required slight further aging makeup for the actors.
  • One reason why Martin Scorsese cast Anna Paquin for the role of the adult Peggy was because of her skill in non-verbal communication. Scorsese had known her since he produced Margaret in which she starred. Based on that ability, Scorsese decided to have her role a near-silent one and asked screenwriter Steven Zaillian to layer Peggy within the story. Scorsese remarked: "You see your father do something like that, I'm sorry... You see him crush the guy's hand like that... other kids maybe, but this kid couldn't take it. She looks at him. She knows he's up to something and Lucy [Gallina] was great, but Anna ultimately was amazing in the looks. She has one line in the film. There's something you can't talk about. She knows it. She knows who he is. He knows she knows. Even when she's sitting there and the police are talking about Joey Gallo being [murdered.] [The anchor said], 'A lone gunman walked in...' and you see she's looking at him."
  • A musical version of Jerry Vale's "Pretend You Don't See Her, My Heart" is played as couples are dancing during Frank's award banquet at an upscale venue. The vocal version is played while Henry has taken Karen to an upscale club during their courtship in "GoodFellas".
  • In the sequence leading up to Hoffa's speech in Miami, Scorsese employs a tracking shot across the water and on to a hotel, which is the same shot that was used to open The Jackie Gleason Show (1966), and Scorsese uses the same music, "Melancholy Serenade", that opened the Gleason show; a tune composed by Gleason. The Gleason show was filmed in Miami.
  • The twin towers of the World Trade Center briefly shown at about the 1:44 mark has lights on and is completed, prior to Nixon's pardon of Hoffa in 1971. The WTC was not completed or opened until 1973.
  • Stephen Graham came up with the idea of swatting Jimmy Hoffa's ice cream off the table before going into their fight scene. Graham warned Scorsese and the crew what he was going to do so no one would be hit by the dish, but wanted to surprise Pacino. Pacino's startled reaction was genuine. He afterwards complimented Graham for successfully surprising him.

Spoilers

  • In 2003, while on his deathbed, Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran revealed that he killed Jimmy Hoffa, stating that it was really hard on him, because Hoffa was his good friend, but "it was business". This has yet to be confirmed as a fact by the authorities.
  • Rumor has it that Leonardo DiCaprio will cameo in three scenes as Robert F. Kennedy, who was Attorney General during key times throughout the story.
  • Harvard law professor Jack Goldsmith (stepson of "Chuckie" O'Brien, played by Jesse Plemons) wrote a book titled "In Hoffa's Shadow" that appeared around the time of the film's release. Goldsmith is scathing about the reliability of Charles Brandt's book, which the film uses as source material, noting how many contradictory versions of Jimmy Hoffa's death Frank Sheeran told towards the end of his life.
  • In the confession scene, De Niro changed his line from "Who does that to a friend?" to "Who makes that call?"
  • The scene where Frank talks about Tony Pro taking out one of his own assistants is a double reference to two other famous crime movies: The Godfather and Fargo. The man is strangled in his car, much like Carlo Vitti in The Godfather, and then his corpse is stuck into a tree shredder in order to dispose of evidence. This is also interesting because Al Pacino and Robert De Niro have played famous roles of the Corleone crime family in The Godfather Part One and Part Two.
  • From the moment Frank heads to Detroit to kill Jimmy Hoffa to the moment Russ Buffalino gives Frank his sunglasses back when he returns via private jet, there is no background music.
  • In the opening sequence of the film, when Frank Sheeran's character is narrating in/from the retirement home, when he first talks about "painting houses...myself" and there is a quick cut of a panning shot of Sheeran executing someone with a gunshot to the back of the head. It's actually a breadcrumb of the climactic murder scene: The flash panning shot lasts less than a second (00:02:09) and is intentionally blurry, except for a select few frames, but pause at (00:02:09.6) and the still-frame will show the 'big reveal' that Sheeran's introductory murder victim here is actually Jimmy Hoffa, who is also the first character to mention "painting houses" in a dialogue scene to Sheeran, and ultimately becomes Sheeran's climactic murder victim of this movie.
  • Al Pacino and Robert De Niro first appeared on-screen together in Heat (1995), where Al Pacino (character Lt. Vincent Hanna) ends up reluctantly killing Robert De Niro (character Neil McCauley). In The Irishman, Robert De Niro (Frank Sheeran) reluctantly kills Al Pacino (Jimmy Hoffa).
  • The plane shown as The Irishman's charter from Port Clinton to Detroit (Pontiac) is a Cessna 421C. These were not certified until October 1975, after the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa earlier that year.
  • Anna Paquin only has 3 lines of dialogue.
  • Aside from an early flashback to executing German prisoners in World War 2, Frank murders three people in the film. Each murder is followed by a scene between Frank and Peggy, with Frank either reading or watching media coverage of the murder.
  • Towards the end of the film Robert De Niro kills Al Pacino, in Heat (1995) Al Pacino kills Robert De Niro.
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