THE IRISHMAN | Closing Night Gala | BFI London Film Festival 2019

THE IRISHMAN | Closing Night Gala | BFI London Film Festival 2019

I was reading the book originally to do research because I heard the character of Frank Sheeran, in the book, was very interesting and he was a hitman. And once I read it I said, “Look at this book, Marty. I think you’re going to want to do this.” BFI! It’s great to open a festival and it’s great to close it, so it’s sort of the same thing. It’s exciting. You know when we were working together doing it, we were together working on something. But now it feels like a dream team all of a sudden. It’s like, how did this happen? It’s very special. Me, Al, Joe Pesci and Marty directing us. I’m lucky to have been able to work with someone all these years and keep working together. I mean I’m lucky. It’s a great thing when you’re fortunate enough to be able to have that dynamic and experience. Well it’s sort of an honourary spot to close a festival, and certainly people like Scorsese, De Niro, and Pacino deserve it. It’s always fun. It’s always a joy. We’ve been laughing since we met. These are my heroes. These are partly the reason why I wanted to be an actor. Do you know what I mean? So to be able to go to work with these people every day was just a pure joy. With all the work they’ve got under their belts and the caliber of the stuff they’ve done, there was just no egos whatsoever. I play one of Bob’s daughters and she’s kind of the one that really sees him for who he is and really isn’t taken in by all the fancy trappings of the mobster family. It’s going to be part of film history. They can expect to see something that’s going to be meaningful to them. They will relate to and understand more about themselves as all of his films do.

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  1. Sit in an uncomfortable theatre for three and a half hours with people stuffing their faces or snoring? No thanks! I'll wait a few weeks to see it online when I can pause it when I like,

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