Al Pacino has played many memorable roles: Michael Corleone, Tony Montana, Frank Serpico and so much more. But at age 77, he will be taking on his toughest role yet: playing a 39-year-old.
Pacino is set to star alongside Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese’s upcoming movie The Irishman, which is being produced by Netflix. The movie is based on a book about a labor official with mob connections (played by De Niro) who claims to have killed union leader Jimmy Hoffa, who’s disappearance is one of the great unsolved mysteries of the 20th century.
In the movie, Pacino will play Hoffa throughout his entire adult life. That means that 77-year-old Pacino will be playing Hoffa when he was a 39-year-old man. In an interview on the Bill Simmons Podcast, Pacino said that the cameras used to film The Irishman have computers on the side that will capture his performance and transform his appearance to a younger age.
Pacino said it was somewhat difficult to remember to act like a younger man when performing the scenes when he’s 39.
“Someone would come up to me and say, ‘You’re 39,’” Pacino said. “[You’d recall] some sort of memory of 39, and your body tries to acclimate to that and think that way. They remind you of it.”
This same technology has been used many times, such as with Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Michael Douglas in Ant-Man and even on Westworld with Anthony Hopkins.
Perhaps as a result of these digital effects, The Irishman will be Scorsese’s most expensive film ever and will come out at some point in 2019.