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Joe Pesci may not be a part of Martin Scorsese's The Irishman

05.18.2016

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One of the big deals to come out of Cannes over the weekend revolved around Martin Scorsese's THE IRISHMAN. With financing for the film secured, as Gaston Pavlovich's Fabrica de Cine and STX Entertainment partnered up to foot the project's $100 million budget, it seemed like we were on the road to reunion with Scorsese once again getting together with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci to make a movie... the first time that would be happening since 1995's CASINO

Not so fast, my friends. That road may have crumbled right beneath while we were dreaming of a return to the glory days. Damn nostalgia and your distractions!

While it does sound cool that Al Pacino is involved in the film, word is quickly circulating that Joe Pesci may not be as in as everyone thought. According to The Hollywood Reporter...

But one question mark is the involvement of Joe Pesci. Sources say Pesci, who largely has retired from the film business, repeatedly has told Scorsese no, but the director remains hopeful that he can lure back his GOODFELLAS star.

Pesci hasn't made a film since 2010, when he was a part of Taylor Hackford's LOVE RANCH, and it doesn't seem he's in a rush to get back to it... even if it means working with old friends again. Scorsese may think he has the magic touch to convince Pesci otherwise, but if he doesn't want to do it, he's not going to do it... regardless of how badly they and us might want him to be in the picture. 

The re-assembly of Scorsese, De Niro and Pesci has easily been the big selling point of THE IRISHMAN as it's been developed the last couple of years... but you can't always get what you want. Sometimes you just might find, you get Al Pacino instead.

 

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6:24AM on 05/19/2016

I'd love to see Pesci back!

I miss his work, man. I especially miss his collaborations with De Niro and Scorsese, but I'd like to see more of him in general. I was pleasantly surprised to see him make an appearance in The Good Shepherd, and hoped that role might draw him out of retirement, but I think he's pretty content hanging it up.
I miss his work, man. I especially miss his collaborations with De Niro and Scorsese, but I'd like to see more of him in general. I was pleasantly surprised to see him make an appearance in The Good Shepherd, and hoped that role might draw him out of retirement, but I think he's pretty content hanging it up.
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9:05PM on 05/18/2016
I'm just happy to see DeNiro and Scorsese collaborating on another film again; which DeNiro desperately needs. I love his collaborations with O'Russell, but everything else has been sub par.
I'm just happy to see DeNiro and Scorsese collaborating on another film again; which DeNiro desperately needs. I love his collaborations with O'Russell, but everything else has been sub par.
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6:57PM on 05/18/2016
Hopefully not a reflection on the strength of the project. If Pesci is happy retired and the legacy he has for himself, good on him if he sits this one out.
Hopefully not a reflection on the strength of the project. If Pesci is happy retired and the legacy he has for himself, good on him if he sits this one out.
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6:15AM on 05/19/2016
I always thought he retired because he started getting typecast. Once everyone saw the comedic side of him, he stopped getting the dramatic roles... To be honest, with the exception of maybe My Cousin Vinny, I take every dramatic role he's ever done over those comedies.
I always thought he retired because he started getting typecast. Once everyone saw the comedic side of him, he stopped getting the dramatic roles... To be honest, with the exception of maybe My Cousin Vinny, I take every dramatic role he's ever done over those comedies.
7:40AM on 05/19/2016
No love fro Leo Getz?
No love fro Leo Getz?
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