Even Scorsese loves Raymond. The casting of Ray Romano to Scorsese’s Netflix film The Irishman now has Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, which will return Scorsese to the genre we know and love him for, crime drama.
Romano will be portraying Bill Bufalino, a Teamster lawyer who acts as the connective tissue to the mob. The film will be taking advantage of the ever growing “Benjamin Button technology” aka de-aging technology that will make Pacino and De Niro and Pesci look younger for their roles as it tells the story of the supposed hitman who took out Jimmy Hoffa.
De Niro is portraying Sheeran, the supposed hitman previously mentioned, and will re-team with his long time friend and collaborator after not working together since Casino in 1995. Romano’s ties to Scorsese began with his role in the short lived series Vinyl which will likely re-team Romano with his co-star Bobby Cannavale who is rumored to be joining the cast as well.
Having all the old guys of gangster film glory will be in the film, but Scorsese described the film more as a retrospective narrative as opposed to his young characters living in the moments of what is usually a chronological story line. Instead, the film will be more of “old men looking back” on all the ventures they had in the criminal underworld. Having Scorsese get all these terrific actors in such a big film feels like it could be one of the last collaborations they could all possibly have and that makes me both happy and sad…
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