Fans Are Raving About Joe Pesci's Performance In Netflix's The Irishman
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.
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.
One Twitter user wrote: "Joe Pesci in The Irishman. That is all."
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.
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."
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.
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.