Teaser Lets Us Hear (But Not See) Martin Scorsese’s New Gangster Tale

“I heard you paint houses”, Al Pacino is heard saying during the blackout of The Irishman teaser.

That line of dialogue comes directly from the novel I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt.

“I heard you paint houses” was code to confirm the book’s — and now the film’s — subject, Frank Sheeran, was a hitman.

De Niro plays Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, who supposedly had links to the mob and was said to be involved in the disappearance of union boss Jimmy Hoffa in the 70s.

According to I Heard You Paint Houses, Sheeran was the man who did the deed.

Pacino will play Hoffa and the movie also stars Anna Paquin, Ray Romano, along with Scorsese stalwarts Joe Pesci, and Harvey Keitel. 

Here’s the trailer:

Here’s the book’s synopsis:

“I heard you paint houses” are the first words Jimmy Hoffa ever spoke to Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran. To paint a house is to kill a man. The paint is the blood that splatters on the walls and floors. In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews, Frank Sheeran confessed to Charles Brandt that he handled more than twenty-five hits for the mob, and for his friend Hoffa.”

The Irishman is easily Netflix’s biggest release of 2019, and the combination of De Niro, Pacino and Scorsese perhaps make it Netflix’s biggest ever cinephile event. But damn the lack of visuals in the trailer.

There’s no official release date for The Irishman yet, but this teaser confirms it will arrive in the fall.

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