That picture above is Robert De Niro in The Godfather Part II. According to producer Gaston Pavlovich, that’s exactly the De Niro you can expect to see in the upcoming Martin Scorsese film The Irishman. An interview with the producer by Cinemablend has revealed the studio has plans to “digitally de-age” De Niro in a tale that spans throughout the lifetime of real-life mafia hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran.
Apparently, the studio has already performed screen tests and were confident enough in the results that they would rather go this route than cast a young actor in the earlier part of the film. All I know is it better be a step above what they did with Jeff Bridges in Tron: Legacy. That CGI wasn’t terrible, but there were still some sections where it was more than apparent it was not a real actor in the shot.
I guess it’ll be cool to see if they pull it off, but personally, I always liked flashbacks that contained a different actor playing the same character! To go back to The Godfather Part II, it was awesome to see De Niro embody Vito Corleone so well that it stood right up there with Marlon Brando‘s performance! I guess Scorsese isn’t so confident anyone can mimic the talent that De Niro has.
Do you think the digital de-aging is a good route to go?