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Friday 6 December 2019

'I'm OK for 30 more years', says De Niro

A ‘de-aged’ Robert De Niro
A ‘de-aged’ Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro has joked that his career could be extended "another 30 years" by the technology used to digitally "de-age" him in his new crime film The Irishman.

The Hollywood star (76) plays gangland enforcer Frank Sheeran in the Netflix production, which is directed by Martin Scorsese and runs to three-and-a-half hours.

The movie spans several decades and follows De Niro's character from youth to old age, using cutting-edge technology to alter his appear- ance.

Memoir

During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, two-time Oscar-winner De Niro said de-ageing took "a lot of work to do", adding: "I'm happy because maybe it'll extend my career by another 30 years."

The Irishman also stars Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, and is an adaptation of the memoir I Heard You Paint Houses.

It tells the story of one of the most notorious unsolved mysteries in US criminal history, the disappearance of union boss Jimmy Hoffa.

De Niro, among the most celebrated actors in film history, starring in classics including The Godfather Part II and Raging Bull, said he had to film scenes with small dots attached to his face to allow special cameras to change his appearance in post-production.

He said the dots were "slight", adding: "They didn't want it to get in our way and Marty didn't want that."

De Niro told Fallon the film was not "another Goodfellas", after comparisons were made between the two.

"It's about loyalty, and a guy stuck in the middle of two people and he had to make a choice," he said.

A trailer for The Irishman, gave fans a glimpse at the de-aged versions of its stars.

It features Sheeran receiving his first phone call from Hoffa and telling him he "paints houses", a codeword for killing people.

The Irishman will be in cinemas before arriving on Netflix on November 27

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