Martin Scorsese paid a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday night (November 18) and dished all about his Netflix film The Irishman and reuniting with Robert De Niro.
“De Niro and I have been trying to make a picture again since Casino in 1995, so it was a long time since we had worked together,” the 77-year-old actor said of the film, which hits Netflix on November 27.
“We tried to find all these other projects [like a] remake of The Bad and the Beautiful—remember, the story about Hollywood with Kirk Douglas—all that sort of thing. And finally it came down to a situation where we decided that we were gonna make a film about an aging hitman, supposedly, and we working on this one project but it was kind of a genre piece,” Martin continued. “But I don’t know how to do genre anymore and the genre that I know goes back to 1948. It doesn’t pay. Then, [Eric Roth] gave [De Niro] this book.”
“As [De Niro] was talking about the character, he became rather emotional about it and I said ‘Ah, that’s something,’” Scorsese recalled of an early meeting with De Niro about the project in reference to Charles Brandt‘s 2004 release I Heard You Paint Houses.
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