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By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 2, 2008 |

Back in the days before Martin Scorsese bought Leonardo DiCaprio from James Cameron for three bags of M&Ms and his eternal soul, Scorsese’s muse was Robert DeNiro. And though he has two more movies in the works starring DiCaprio (including a Teddy Roosevelt biopic), Scorsese has reteamed with DeNiro for I Heard You Paint Houses (a metaphor for a mob contract killing), based on Charles Brandt’s novel about Frank Sheeran, a mob boss suspected in the killing of Jimmy Hoffa. Steve Zaillian (The Interpreter, American Gangster, Hannibal) has been tapped write the adaptation.

It’s nice to see that DeNiro is, at least, trying to make a decent pic — the last great movie he was in was Ronin in 1998, and since then, it’s been an increasingly awful series of duds (save for his turn in Stardust and the mediocre Analyse This). The book, it seems, as a biopic, so it will probably cover the life of Frank Sheeran, so I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of DiCaprio playing a younger version of DeNiro. Of course, Scorsese already has four projects in various stages of production (including a George Harrison biopic), so who knows how long it will be before he gets around to this project. I hope he hurries — DeNiro has two more crap films coming out next year, before he reteams with Michael Mann in another mob film, Frankie Machine.

And for giggles, here’s DeNiro’s turn as a gay pirate in Stardust. If you haven’t yet, you must see this movie:

DeNiro and Scorsese Together Again

Once More, For Old Time's Sake / Dustin Rowles

Industry | October 2, 2008 |

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