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Terry Gilliam on The Irishman’s Deaging Technology

The legendary director isn't particularly happy with the de-aging tech used in The Irishman.

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Legendary director, Terry Gilliam, of the Monty Python series, is not happy with some parts of Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman. Terrence thinks that the deaging technology used in Al Pacino and Robert De Niro starer movie is unsatisfactory.

Why Terry Gilliam is Not happy with the Deaging Tech used in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman?

The Irishman is one of the most talked-about films of 2019 and is also a major part of the ongoing award-season discussions. The 3 and a half-hour long Netflix original film is doing pretty good from the viewership stand-point too but Terry Gilliam(12 Monkeys 1995) thinks there are some major flaws in The Irishman film. While everyone is praising the Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci movie, Terry Gilliam sheds some light on the deaging technology used in the film.

The tech helped the stars of The Irishman look considerably younger in some scenes. The use of CGI in a Martin Scorsese movie was quite a surprise but the creator of Good Fellas went for it. Terrence “Terry” Gilliam (Brazil 1985) however, thinks that just altering the faces is not enough. According to him, the over-all carriage of The Irishman actors does not match their young faces.

Terrence shares his Thoughts in an IndieWire Interview

Terry Gilliam shared his thoughts on The Irishman in an interview with IndieWire:

I saw it at the London Film Festival. It was in the Odeon Leicester Square, which they’ve just revamped. They have these comfortable seats that are lounge chairs basically. My wife fell asleep.

I hope it’s just the comfortable seats and not The Irishman that put Mrs. Gilliam to sleep. Coming back to the topic, The Brother’s Grimm 2005 director continues as he talks about the deaging technology used in The Irishman.

I can see why people like it. It’s just we’re back in Martin’s country. We’re into what he does really well. The deaging thing works to a surprisingly good degree. It seemed what they needed in there was a movement director to make them walk like young versions of themselves. The face is younger, the body’s still moving so [old]. You spend all that money, but if you don’t get this bit right, they should have been a little sprier.

So basically what Terry Gilliam means is that the tech would have worked even better if the actor’s movements were taken into consideration as well.

People expect perfection from a filmmaker of Martin’s stature and I believe that is what Terry Gilliam is trying to convey here.

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