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De Niro and Al Pacino, together with the controversial digital rejuvenation of The Irishman, the Scorsese film for Netflix


The story of Frank Sheeran, played by De Niro, spans more than six decades

Tell
        
Martin Scorsese
        
 It is for many a synonym of film master.

Not surprisingly, the American director is behind huge titles like
Wild bull,
Taxi Driver,
Good guys and
The wolf of Wall Street.

Therefore, any new launch that bears his signature generates expectations. And much more when that new film summons – again – actors who are considered legend:
        
Robert de Niro
        
 Y
        
Al Pacino
        
 .

Scorsese rene in
The Irishman, a production of
        
Netflix
        
 that this Friday opens in the US

The film tells, in a span of 60 years, the story of Frank Sheeran (De Niro), a man who served in World War II and who ended up working as a hitman for the legendary and controversial leader of the US truckers union . Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino).

And because of the weight of the director's name and the accompanying actors, the scrutiny of the film is enormous.


Robert de Niro not only rejuvenated during the film, but also digitally agedRobert de Niro not only rejuvenated during the film, but also digitally aged

Many critics have not overlooked the fact that a good part of the film uses the digital rejuvenation resource that allows actors to tell the story at different stages of their lives.

"Pacino is excellent, although slightly weakened by the process of digital rejuvenation. The same goes for De Niro, whose special effects subtract the impact of what a great performance is," wrote the BBC's show editor, Will Gompertz

"Although the face of a young man is seen, it is the body of a 70-year-old actor (De Niro is 76). And that you can't help but notice, especially since we all know the young De Niro," he added.

But Scorsese is clear about his work and the response he wants to give to critics: "For me these special rejuvenation effects are the new form of makeup," the director responded during a presentation of the film in New York.

However, the history of rejuvenation effects goes much further.

No one wanted to make this movie


Scorsese said that nobody in Hollywood wanted to make this movieScorsese said that nobody in Hollywood wanted to make this movie

"The Irishman", which in the Spanish markets is called "The Irish", is a project that has been heard in the corners of Hollywood for at least ten years.

But he always ran into the same problem: "No one in Hollywood wanted to make this movie. It seemed very expensive," Scorsese told the BBC.

And the costs are associated with the idea of ??using the digital rejuvenation technology that was being developed, especially in the Industrial Light and Magic company.

The technique consists in filming a model actor and, through the use of software, giving it a more youthful or more aged appearance, according to need. This process is done in the postproduction stage and is totally digital.


Another film that has used this technique has been "Gemini" in which Will Smith actsAnother film that has used this technique has been "Gemini" in which Will Smith acts

For example, for the movie
Geminis, who plays Will Smith and was released recently, not only was this technique used, but a character was "totally" created: a younger Will Smith.