At three-and-a-half hours in length, Martin Scorsese’s new crime drama feature “The Irishman” has plenty of breathing room to explore its characters, its historical events and its themes.
Speaking to Deadline this week, producer Jane Rosenthal explains that those expecting something as fast paced and punchy as “The Departed” or “Goodfellas” are in for a disappointment.
She suggests this is much more introspective and akin to Scorsese’s last film “Silence” in terms of contemplation and pacing even as it explores very different internal struggles of its male protagonists:
“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.
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.”
Rosenthal spoke about the film earlier this week, denying comments from actor Mickey Rourke who suggested in an interview that his disagreements with De Niro back on the set of “Angel Heart” in the 1980s prevented him from being in “The Irishman” to which she and others on the production responded saying Rourke was not only never asked but never “thought of, discussed or considered to be in the movie”.
Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino do star in the film which will have its debut shortly at the New York Film Festival ahead of a theatrical run beginning November 1st ahead of a Netflix premiere on November 27th.