Director Martin Scorsese isn’t shy to sing the praises of Netflix these days. They funded his long-term project “The Irishman,” which based on the true story of Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran (Robert De Niro), the labor union official with connections to both infamous mobster Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci) and controversial labor leader Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino). Sheeran was long suspected in Hoffa’s 1975 disappearance, confessing in the 2004 Charles Brandt book, “I Heard You Paint Houses.
Scorsese and De Niro felt it would be the perfect cinema reunion, and gathered a dream team cast that includes Pacino in his first collaboration with Scorsese, and Pesci’s welcome return to the screen. For the Australian Broadcasting Company and RogerEbert.com, Australian reporter Katherine Tulich spoke to Scorsese and Pacino about making the film.