De Niro + Pacino + Joe Pesci = Must See TV

We get together and talk, compare notes,” De Niro explained. “Not quite miss each other. We might miss each other.”

Perhaps most surprising of all is that at a moment when they could easily rest on their laurels — and have sometimes been accused of doing just that — Pacino, 79, and De Niro, 76, continue to care immensely about their craft…

But the actors found it a delicate task to explain why this facet of the film appealed to them and for obvious reasons: Who wants to admit that he is nearer to the end of things than to the beginning? As Mann put it, “Does one walk around thinking, oh, I’m an elder statesman now? Or do you still secretly think, who am I going to be when I grow up?”

With some hesitation, De Niro said that he and Pacino had to reckon with the existential questions that “The Irishman” raises.

“We’re at a point where we’re getting closer to seeing” — he made an oscillating, over-the-hill hand gesture as he sought the right words — “I don’t want to say the end, but the horizon,” De Niro said. “The beginning of the tip around and to the other side.”

De Niro and Pacino Have Always Connected. Just Rarely Onscreen. The Irishman is officially only the third time they’ve collaborated, but over the years they often turned to one another. Who else could understand?” (New York Times, October 25, 2019)


  1. “but the horizon,” good way to approach the physical end…
    I’ve seen some commercials about this movie, which interest me…three power house actors, Wow…I’m looking forward to watching when it comes to TV (hope it is less than a year!)…both dear hubby & myself have Irish ancestry (including lots of red headed folks in our family)

    Liked by 1 person

  2. OMG! This is scary! They are old men!! Had to laugh at the comment about “what am I going to be when I grow up.” Yeah! I know the feeling – being closer to the end than the beginning of my life. I guess we have to make the most of every day.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. This is wonderful, David. A movie I shall definitely be seeing when it comes out. And no, not on TV – in the theatres! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Doesn’t sound like me

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Hhmmm … old men wanting to find meaning in their work and life. I can relate to this.
    But a movie seems self indulgent. Just saying.
    Thanks for the thought provoking post. 💕

    Liked by 1 person

  6. I can’t wait to see it. So excited.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Too violent for me (as is The Joker. Guess who are my two fave actors — yep, Pacino and Phoenix.) 🙂 Maybe when these movies come to the small screen.. meanwhile, enjoy them, everyone!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. I am looking forward to this film, and what a lot of power, passion, wisdom, and skill in that room.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. looking forward to seeing this as well. I don’t know much about the movie, but it seems strange that the movie is called The Irishman and it stars these great Italian actors!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: