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Martin Scorsese on the Deaging Technology used in ‘The Irishman’

The de-aging tech was used to make De Niro, Pacino and Pesci look younger.

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The much-hyped Martin Scorsese film, The Irishman, is out now. The Netflix original movie is a three and a half-hour long adaptation of Charles Brandt’s book, I Heard You Paint Houses. The deaging technology used to make Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci look younger is something the director is really proud of and thinks CGI is an evolution of makeup.

Martin Scorsese thinks CGI and Deaging Technology can Revolutionize Cinema

As far as the story-line of The Irishman is concerned, most of us were well aware of it before the release. More than the story, it was the characters that became the highlight. Especially the younger versions of Jimmy Hoffa and Frank Sheeran.

The initial plan was to hire other actors to depict younger versions of Frank Sheeran (76-year old De Niro), Jimmy Hoffa (79-year old Pacino) and Russel (76-year-old Joe Pesci) in the Martin Scorsese directed mob-tale. Scorsese opposed the idea and went for CGI instead, which saw the use of deaging technology in the movie (thanks to the financial backing of the online streaming giant, Netflix).

Martin Scorsese shared his thoughts on CGI and deaging technology during a press conference at the BFI London Film Festival.

CGI is really an evolution of make-up. You accept certain norms in make-up, you know he’s not that old, she’s not that young, you accept the illusion. Having the backing of a company [Netflix] that says you will have no interference, the trade-off is it streams with theatrical distribution prior to that, I thought that is the chance we take.

While praising deaging tech and Netflix, Martin Scorsese said:

The new technology is bringing things that are unimaginable. It’s something extraordinarily good for narrative films and also opens original conception of how its supposed to be.

It comes as a surprise from someone who is not a big fan of CGI and deaging technology. Looks like the 77-year old director is coming to terms with the latest technology.

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