Martin Scorsese urges people to not watch ‘The Irishman’ on a phone

Brenda Watkins
December 4, 2019

The movie follows the story of Robert De Niro's Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, a mob hitman for the notorious Bufalino crime family. Peggy never directly addresses her father's role in Hoffa's disappearance, but the implication is clear: he's involved in some way. The star replied by saying that no one gave her an "order" and she is really proud of being part of such an wonderful movie. Though the new three-and-a-half hour gangster epic from director Martin Scorsese is still screening in some select theaters, it's also available on the streaming platform and can now be viewed in all the ways Netflix can be watched: On a phone on the subway, on a treadmill at the gym, etc. Screenwriter Aaron-Stewart Ahn (Mandy) even posted a popular video to Twitter of himself watching The Irishman on his phone while driving a motorbike. His opinion joins the scores of people who felt that Paquin's largely silent performance was a standout and powerful element of The Irishman, while others felt that she was underused.

"She's terrific and it resonates", De Niro added.

De Niro slapped down the criticism, however, and told USA Today that her line was important and her character "powerful". Peggy, who long suspected her father of criminal activity, took to staring at her father in silence when they crossed paths.

It's a pivotal moment in The Irishman - Frank later reveals that Peggy "stopped talking to [him] that day" and "disappeared" from his life forever - but some viewers have criticized Scorsese for using Paquin only in this one scene.

"I didn't have a problem with the character not talking", the user wrote. "Maybe in other scenes, there could've been some interaction between Frank and her possibly, but that's how it was done". If he wanted the character to be such a small role, cast a smaller actress.

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Paquin doesn't appear to be too upset about her limited dialogue, either.

Netflix released Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman" on Wednesday and some were quick to draw a correlation.

"Nope, nobody was doing any 'ordering, '" she tweeted.

The veteran filmmaker addressed the criticism ahead of the movie's theatrical release, arguing in conversation with Spike Lee in NY that Peggy "doesn't have to say anything" to make an impact.

Legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese has returning with another masterpiece, The Irishman, now streaming on Netflix.

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