Platform Shoes Give Robert De Niro a Lift for ‘The Irishman’


Robert De Niro has been wearing platform shoes to help him stand tall beside Al Pacino as they film new mob movie The Irishman.

The two acting icons were spotted shooting on location in New York City on Wednesday (20Dec17), with De Niro, who is five foot, eight inches tall, photographed using specially-designed shoes with thick soles to give him a boost in the height department in his role as real-life union official-turned-mafia hitman Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran, who was a towering six foot, four inches.

Pacino, who is five foot, seven inches (1.7 metres) tall, has been cast as Jimmy Hoffa, the mob leader Sheeran was allegedly hired to murder.

De Niro’s frequent collaborator Martin Scorsese is directing the Netflix film, based on author Charles Brandt’s 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses. The title refers to the criminal slang for contract killings.

The movie also reunites De Niro and Scorsese with their Goodfellas and Raging Bull pal Joe Pesci, who will portray gangster Russell Bufalino, after finally agreeing to sign on in July (17).

The Irishman has been in development since 2008, but production plans with Paramount Pictures executives stalled in 2011 due to scheduling issues.

It was only when Netflix bosses stepped in earlier this year (17) to produce the film on a reported $100 million budget that De Niro and Scorsese were able to officially move forward with the project.

The shoot is expected to wrap soon, and studio officials are reportedly aiming for a late 2018 or early 2019 release.