Production on Scorsese's 'The Irishman' Running Over Schedule Due to De-Aging CGI
Post-production on Martin Scorsese’s upcoming Netflix film ‘The Irishman’ has run over schedule and Scorsese himself has revealed why: he is struggling to retain the intensity in his actors’ eyes after they have been stripped of their wrinkles by CGI.
‘The Irishman’ stars Hollywood veterans Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci as cinema-goers have never seen them before—digitally “de-aged” versions of themselves.
However, the director had this to say about the problems with the pioneering “youthification” technology in an appearance on the A24 film podcast:
Even this new one I'm doing, The Irishman, or the actual title should be I Heard You Paint Houses, we shot as much 35 as possible. However, there's a great deal of CGI because we're doing this youthification of De Niro, Pesci, and Al Pacino. They had to be CGI. They had to be a camera with three lenses. I was just crazy. Why I'm concerned, we're all concerned is that we're so used to watching them as the older faces. When we put them all together, it cuts back and forth. The thing I talked about before in New York to you. Now, it's real. Now, I'm seeing it. Now, certain shots need more work on the eyes, need more work on why these exactly the same eyes from the plate shot, but the wrinkles and things have changed. Does it change the eyes at all? If that's the case, what was in the eyes that I liked? Was it intensity? Was it gravitas? Was it threat?