Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Exclusive: Scorsese-DeNiro-Pacino-Pesci Jimmy Hoffa Movie “The Irishman” Back to “I Heard You Paint Houses”


When I first wrote about this movie directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and now Bobby Cannavale, it was called “I Heard You Paint Houses.”

Along the way, it was retitled “The Irishman.”

But now, with pre-production starting up, the movie that is most anticipated will be known again as “I Heard You Paint Houses.” I’m told Robert De Niro asked for the change back, and since he’s a co-producer, it’s going to happen.

Those were the first words Jimmy Hoffa uttered to hit man Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran. “To paint a house” meant to kill a guy, with the blood and guts being the paint. Charles Brandt wrote the book of that name based on hours and hours of taped interviews with Sheehan. No one’s reading this book right now, but it’s an amazon. Let’s all get cracking. And look out for the fall of 2018.

I broke the story SEVEN years ago.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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