In the halls or in the halls. It doesn't matter where you watch the movie. The important thing is that you do it at some point. ‘The Irish’ is the film event of the year and the closing to a golden stage of the cinema about gangsters that so good (and chilling) moments Martin Scorsese has given us. That is why it is time to immerse yourself in the daily life of the nostra thing and other evil and street branches that inspire your last great story.
Who is who
From the moment a copy of Charles Brandt's nonfiction book 'I Heard You Paint Houses' (published in Spain as 'Jimmy Hoffa. Case Closed: The Power of the American Mafia') fell into the hands of Robert De Niro , the mechanisms of the mafia cinema of a lifetime began to work at full speed.
More than fifteen years dreaming of a project that immediately interested Martin Scorsese, which was clear that it should be starring De Niro himself accompanied by Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. Let's take a look at the real characters that each one plays.
According to the film, Jimmy Hoffa enjoyed a popularity at the height of the Beatles after becoming president of the IBT between 1957 and 1971. In 1964 he obtained the first national agreement on the rates of truckers, but although Hoffa could grow the union With these achievements, he also fooled with criminal gangs, and used the Teamsters pension fund to buy real estate in Florida and help finance Las Vegas casinos built by the Mafia bosses. The disappearance of Hoffa on July 30, 1975 has not yet been resolved, although there are numerous reports about what really happened and where your body ended. Right there comes the next character, the absolute protagonist of the movie.
The true Frank Sheeran is an unreliable narrator who claims to have been linked for decades to the mafia and the unions. In 'The Irishman', Robert De Niro brings more physical level to a character who was actually much smaller. Throughout Brandt's account, Sheeran details how it began in the world of crime and went from truck driver to union official and hitman. As a hitman he committed about 30 murders only for the benefit of Hoffa. Sheeran's version has always been questioned until the day of his death in 2003 at age 82.
Joe Pesci's performance as the well-known gangster Russell Bufalino, "the Silent Don", is simply sublime. Known for his modesty but profound influence, it was rumored that participated in an assassination attempt against Fidel Castro and also to get Al Martino to participate in the Coppola movie, 'The Godfather'. Contrary to Frank's poetic description in the film about how Russell's last days, (from the prison church to the hospital and then to the cemetery), Bufalino was released from prison and died in a nursing home at the age of 90 years.
Performed by Harvey Keitel, Angelo Bruno is associated with the early days of Sheeran. This Philadelphia mob boss was known as "the Gentile Don", and took the surname Bruno as a tribute to the Philadelphia gangster Giuseppe "Joe Bruno" Dovi. Bruno he died of a shotgun shot in the head while sitting in his car outside his home, which started a war between different factions of the Philadelphia mafia.
Known as "Tony Pro," Provenzano (played by Stephen Graham) joined the Teamsters Union working as a truck driver, and soon became president of the New Jersey Local Union 560 and vice president of the International Brotherhood. He was caught in an extortion case in 1966. Although they present themselves as enemies from the beginning, Tony Pro was a friend of Hoffa until they had the prison fight shown in the movie. According to many stories, It is considered to be directly involved in the disappearance of Hoffa.
Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno
Anthony Salerno was a leader of the New York City mafia who worked with the city's Genoese criminal family, often with a cigar in his hand, as depicted in the film by actor Domenick Lombardozzi. The film portrays Salerno as a Bufalino confidant, as well as one of the central figures behind the murder of Hoffa, although initially tells Sheeran to tell the Teamsters leader to "relax" and withdraw from the union life in vain. Salerno went to prison on charges of extortion in 1986, and died of a stroke in a federal facility in Missouri in 1992 at age 80.
Felix "Skinny Razor" DiTullio
Secondary character in the Scorsese movie, in the Philadelphia Mafia story, Felix "Skinny Razor" DiTullio was quite the opposite. DiTullio, a reputed hitman from the Philadelphia mafia, was a mentor to future local mafia bosses such as Nicodemus "Little Nicky" Scarfo and Ralph Natale, although his son, Marco, disputed those statements in an interview in 2017. Performed by the actor Bobby Cannavale, Skinny Razor died from natural causes in 1966 at age 60, and is one of the mafia's first contacts for Sheeran in the movie.
Joseph "Crazy Joe" Rooster
Also known as Joey the Blond, this gangster of the Profaci criminal family was called "Crazy Joe" after he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. It is believed that Gallo (played by Sebastian Maniscalco) killed Albert Anastasia, head of the Gambino criminal family, in a barbershop, an issue shown in the film. Some say that it was not Sheeran who shot Gallo in the Umberto Clam House by Russell's order, but by Carmine "Sonny Pinto" Di Biase, by order of the Gambino family. Bob Dylan would later write the song 'Joey'.
Ray Romano plays Teamster's lawyer, Bill Bufalino, who originally helps Frank evade charges when he cheated with meat, and was also Hoffa's lawyer. Bufalino had deep connections with members of the Detroit criminal family, and represented the International Brotherhood of Teamsters from 1947 to 1971. From 1947 to 1967, Bufalino was also president of Teamsters Local 985 in Detroit. He died of leukemia in a retirement home in 1990.
Salvatore “Sally Bugs” Briguglio
Briguglio got his nickname for the glasses he wore, and was secretary-treasurer of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 560 of Union City, replacing Anthony "Three Finger Tony" Castellito, whom he killed as shown in the movie. Briguglio's death has two theories: Some say two men took him, and others say he was simply riddled in the street. Played by Louis Cancelmi in the Scorsese movie, Sheeran describes him in Brandt's book as "a sturdy little man."