Based on the true story of gangster and self-proclaimed Celtic warrior Danny Greene, Kill the Irishman is the latest stylized mafia film headed to the big screen. Greene grew up basically an orphan and the plucky lad rose above his beginnings to complete a few years in the Marines and earn an honorable discharge, secure work as a longshoreman (even serving as union president) and get himself involved in the Cleveland mafia. First working as an enforcer, Greene imagined for himself and eventually achieved, a greater, more independent role. He sidestepped rules, breached contracts and inserted himself into rackets and operations run by the big organized crime families. While he managed to create his own mob offshoot, he also made quite a lot of enemies and so many failed assassination attempts were made against Greene that he became known as “the man the mob couldn’t kill”. He not only survived a heck of a lot of the plots, he also offed many of the would be hit men instead.
Sounds like a movie, and so it is. Jonathan Hensleigh (The Punisher) has amassed a bevy of beefy boys to star in Kill the Irishman: Vinnie Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio, Paul Sorvino, Val Kilmer, Robert Davi, Steve Schirripa, Mike Starr and Ray Stevenson. But best of all, Hensleigh has brought in
more cowbell Christopher Walken. Check it.
Kill the Irishman has the potential to be great, with an all-star cast, some kick-ass action and Walken, still bringing his own delightful crazy. Hensleigh wrote the script which is based on To Kill the Irishman: The War That Crippled the Mafia by Rick Porrello and this 70s show will be released March 11, 2011.