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Fans Are Raving About Joe Pesci's Performance In Netflix's The Irishman

Fans Are Raving About Joe Pesci's Performance In Netflix's The Irishman

It only been available on Netflix for a couple of days, but people are already raving about Martin Scorsese's The Irishman.

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The epic tale of Frank 'Irish' Sheeran features a veritable galaxy of stars, but - according to those who've been lucky enough to see it ahead of time - one particular celestial being seems to be twinkling the brightest.

Joe Pesci.

Of course, most people would be in agreement that any film that features Pesci and Robert De Niro, alongside Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, and Stephen Graham is going to be pretty good, but many of the early observers seem glad to know that after coming out of semi-retirement to work with Scorsese on this film, Pesci has unquestionably still got it.

Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix

One Twitter user wrote: "Joe Pesci in The Irishman. That is all."

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Well, it's not, but you get the drift.

Another added: "If we could all talk about Joe Pesci in THE IRISHMAN, once a day, for the entire awards season, it would be greatly appreciated. Hell, for the rest of the 2000s."

Wrong decade, but - again - we get the picture.

A third went as far as to say: "Sorry but if you don't think Joe Pesci gives the best performance in THE IRISHMAN you're getting impeached."

High praise, indeed.

Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix

However, despite the praise flooding in for the 76-year-old actor's work as Russell Bufalino, the conniving, calculated, but strangely principled mob boss, the reunion with Scorsese for his 25th feature film almost didn't happen at all.

Kathrine Narducci, who plays Pesci's on-screen wife Carrie Bufalino, said that Pesci initially rejected the advances of both Scorsese and De Niro before finally agreeing to take up the role, his first big screen live-action role since 2010.

Narducci told CinemaBlend: "Yes, he was funny. He said, 'I hung up on Marty five times. Then Bob called me; I hung up on him three times'.

"Then everybody was calling me and I hung up on everybody'. Then, finally, he said yes."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Well, everyone concerned should be bloody pleased that he did eventually agree to be in the film.

The reviewers are already touting the film for serious award consideration, which could put De Niro up against his Joker co-star Joaquin Phoenix in the running for the male acting gongs at the beginning of next year.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

As for the film itself, viewers with a Netflix subscription will be able to catch a piece of the action on the streaming platform now.

Topics: TV and Film, UK Entertainment, US Entertainment

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a LADbible journalist and Twin Peaks enthusiast. Despite having a career in football cut short by a chronic lack of talent, he managed to obtain degrees from both the University of London and Salford. According to his French teacher, at the weekends he mostly likes to play football and go to the park with his brother.” Contact Tom on [email protected]

 

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