Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman Couldn’t Exist Without The MCU

Carla Harmon
December 1, 2019

Its director Martin Scorsese has now responded to these suggestions, insisting that he never even thought of making The Irishman a television series instead of a movie. Through Scorsese's lens, The Irishman takes three-and-a-half hours to tell the story of Sheeran's life and his encounters with organized crime; for some, that runtime can feel daunting.

"You could say, 'This is a long story, you can play it out over two seasons.' I saw somebody mention that". Having been in various stages of development since 2007 and based on Charles Brandt's 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran and Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa, the film marks Scorsese's first collaboration with Pacino, as well as his long-awaited reunions with De Niro and Pesci - both of whom he has not worked with since 1995's Casino.


"The point of this picture is the accumulation of detail". However, this is not how Scorsese wants you to see his movie.

However, if you're so inclined to consume "The Irishman" as a miniseries, Twitter's Alexander Dunerfors has put together a guide to watch the movie across breaks. Seriously, listen to Scorsese and just carve out the time.


The film, which went live Wednesday on Netflix after a short theatrical run, also stars Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. So here's a bold attitude: If you spent Thanksgiving watching his new gangster epic "The Irishman" on Netflix and finding it so long that you think it must have been a TV show - well, Marty thinks you are wrong too.

While Netflix is notoriously closed-lipped when it comes to viewership data, "The Irishman" could see similar success as "El Camino: A Breaking Bad Move", another Netflix original, which the platform said averaged more than 6.5 million viewers in its weekend reveal.


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