The vicious real-life gangsters behind Martin Scorsese’s chilling movie ‘The Irishman’

These are the real life gangsters behind Martin Scorsese’s mega-budget movie “The Irishman” – whose main character will be played by Robert De Niro.

The violent story of mobster Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran is based on gruesome real-life events, as Sheeran, played by De Niro, killed 25 people and claimed to have murdered labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa.

Dubbed at costing between $120 million (£98m) and $150 million (£122m), the film is becoming one of the director’s biggest budget movies ever, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Much of the money will go towards the film’s cast which includes Robert De Niro, 73, Joe Pesci, 74, Al Pacino, 76, and Harvey Keitel, 77.

Frank Sheeran Appreciation Night 1974. Mayor Frank Rizzo (shaking Hoffa’s hand), roofing union boss John McCullough (second from right), and civil rights leader Cecil B. Moore (far right) attending.
Author Charles Brandt with Frank Sheeran as Sheeran confesses to Brandt he had killed “the fresh kid” “Crazy Joey” Gallo (Image: Splash News)
Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, who Martin Scorsese’s budget film is based on (Image: Splash News)

Steve Zaillian of Schindler’s List penned the script based on Charles Brandt’s book ‘I Heard You Paint Houses ‘ – mobster jargon for contract killings referring to blood splatters on the walls- which was the first thing Hoffa ever said to Sheeran.

Hoffa went missing in Detroit in 1975 and the body was never found.

Sheeran reportedly replied “yeah and I do my own carpentry too,” meaning he also clears up the mess himself.

Frank Sheeran (left) with war buddy Alex Siegel one month before Siegel was killed in action during the Salerno invasion (Image: Splash News)
Frank Sheeran celebrating the end of World War II with buddy Charlie “Diggsy” Meiers (Image: Splash News)

He turned to crime with the Bufalino mob family after he returned from fighting in World War 2.

The American-made film is expected to be released on Netflix in 2018 or 2019.

STX forked out $50 million (£40,960000) for the international rights to ‘The Irishman’ at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.


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