Celebrities are often shorter in real life than they look on television, but Robert De Niro’s shortness has actually caused him an on-set problem.
The veteran actor has been filming in the Bronx, New York, for new Martin Scorsese flick The Irishman, and has been photographed wearing a really rather ridiculous pair of shoes to help combat his shortness.
De Niro is five foot eight inches in real life – only one inch taller than Pacino – so the film’s wardrobe department called in a special pair of shoes for scenes which required De Niro to tower over Pacino.
The veterans have a history of working together, having both starred in The Godfather: Part II in the 1970s, Heat in 1995 and Righteous Kill in 2008.
The actors looked dapper as they took a scroll while filming a scene from the upcoming movie, about the life of Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran, a mob hitman.
The forthcoming release is based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brand, released in 2004.
De Niro plays an older Sheeran looking back retrospectively on his life in the movie, due for release in 2018.
Pacino, 77, plays Jimmy Hoffa, a labour union chief who went missing in the 1970s, and was notably shorter than Sheeran.
It is estimated that Sheeran carried out 25 murders throughout his life as a hitman.
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Scorsese recently told The Independent that The Irishman will differ from his other iconic gangster flicks.
‘This is different, I think it is,’ Scorsese revealed. ‘Goodfellasand Casino have a certain style that I created for them… but here it’s a little different’.
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‘Antebellum’ has a ‘Get Out’ vibe, but doesn’t live up to its twist
“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definite..
“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definitely shouldn’t be spoiled even a little. Once that revelation is absorbed, however, the movie becomes less distinctive and inspired, reflecting an attempt to tap into the zeitgeist that made “Get Out” a breakthrough, without the same ability to pay off the premise.
Originally destined for a theatrical run, the movie hits digital platforms trumpeting a “Get Out” pedigree in its marketing campaign, since there’s an overlap among the producing teams.
More directly, the film marks the directing debut of Gerard Bush + Christopher Renz, who have championed social-justice issues through their advertising work. The opening script features a quote from author William Faulkner, whose intent will eventually become clearer: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
If that sounds like a timely means of drawing a line from the horrors of slavery to the racism of today, you’ve come to the right place.
The story begins on a plantation, where the brutal overseers carry out grisly punishments against those tilling the fields. A few have just tried to escape, led by Veronica (Janelle Monae), and they pay a heavy price for their resistance, which does nothing to curb her defiance.
Also written by Bush + Renz, the script take too long before revealing what makes “Antebellum” different, but the middle portion — a “The Twilight Zone”-like phase when it’s hard to be sure exactly what’s going on — is actually the film’s strongest. (Even the trailer arguably gives away too much, so the less one knows, the better.)
The final stretch, by contrast, veers into more familiar thriller territory, and feels especially rushed toward the end, leaving behind a host of nagging, unanswered questions. That provides food for thought, but it’s also what separates the movie from something like “Get Out,” which deftly fleshed out its horror underpinnings.
Although the filmmakers (in a taped message) expressed disappointment that the movie wasn’t making its debut in theaters, in a strange way, the on-demand format somewhat works in its favor. In the press notes, Bush says the goal was “to force the audience to look at the real-life horror of racism through the lens of film horror. We’re landing in the middle of the very conversations that we hoped ‘Antebellum’ would spur.”
“Antebellum” should add to that discussion, so mission accomplished on that level. Monae is also quite good in her first leading film role (she did previously star in the series “Homecoming’s” second season), but otherwise, most of the characters remain underdeveloped.