Thanks to the geniuses at Industrial Light & Magic, we get to see Robert De Niro play Frank Sheeran from the ages of 24 to 76.
A lot of us probably used part of our Thanksgiving holiday to watch Martin Scorsese’s new gangster epic, The Irishman, on Netflix. I know I did!
The film is based on Charles Brandt’s nonfiction book, I Heard You Paint Houses, which follows Sheeran’s rise through organized crime in Pennsylvania and posits that Sheeran was the one who killed union head Jimmy Hoffa (played by Al Pacino).
De Niro, Pacino, and Joe Pesci (who plays Russell Bufalino) are all in their 70s, but needed to play much younger men. Scorsese turned to Industrial Light and Magic for help figuring out how to make the actors look younger naturally.
Today, FX Guide posted an article about the film’s ILM visual effects supervisor, Pablo Helman, who talked about the VFX team’s process.
Source: No Film School