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'The Irishman' Gets 17 Million Views 5 Days After Its Premiere

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By Natalie Hunter

Martin Scorsese's latest film 'The Irishman' premiered on Netflix on November 27th. The film received roughly 17.1 million views after being on Netflix for just 5 days according to Variety. Netflix movies are notorious for having this remarkable success. 2018's 'Bird Box' raked in 26 million viewers after only being on Netflix for a week. The Nielsen report states that this an impressive debut but isn't sure whether 'The Irishman' will retain its stride long enough to be considered a hit.

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The plot description reads, "In the 1950s, truck driver Frank Sheeran gets involved with Russell Bufalino and his Pennsylvania crime family. As Sheeran climbs the ranks to become a top hitman, he also goes to work for Jimmy Hoffa -- a powerful Teamster tied to organized crime."

The cast is made up of iconic "mobster" actors Robert De Niro playing Frank Sheeran, Al Pacino playing Jimmy Hoffa, and Joe Pesci playing Russell Bufalino. Anna Paquin also plays Older Peggy Sheeran.

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The film is notorious for two standout components. The movie is 3 and a half hours long, and that's without movie theater trailers. Its lengthy story didn't seem to turn off viewers. What drew viewers in was its innovative technology.

Scorsese uses CGI to tell a story that takes place over 50 years.

"The problem is, by the time I was ready to make the film, Bob De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci can no longer play these characters younger in makeup," Scorsese said according to Wired.

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“I said, ‘I don’t know. I can’t have the actors talking to each other with golf balls on their faces. It gets in the way of the actors, and the kind of film this is, they need to play off of each other. If you can find a way to lessen the technical aspects of it, it could work.’”

Visiual effects expert Pablo Herman was able to do just that. He used technology that didn't require tracking dots to "de-age" the actors.

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Over all, reviews for 'The Irishman' have been very positive.

"Watched 'The Irishman' again and I love it so much I still think it could be longer," one fan tweeted.

"the Irishman was MAD genius," another added simply.

While Netflix knows how many people signed up exclusively to watch 'The Irishman,' it's not releasing that data.

“We’re not hiding anything,” Stuber told Variety. “I just want it to be articulated correctly to protect the filmmaker and protect the movie because [box office is] not the whole business for us.”

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