Robert De Niro defends Anna Paquin's role in 'The Irishman'

AFP via Getty Images Robert De Niro and Anna Paquin star in

AFP via Getty Images Robert De Niro and Anna Paquin star in"The Irishman together

Right, Marty? However, even Scorsese knows that during the three-and-a-half hour movie The Irishman (excellent, but 3.5 hours is still 3.5 hours) you have to stretch your legs. And out of all the scenes featuring Paquin, an Academy Award-winner who is best known for her role as Sookie Stackhouse in HBO's True Blood, the actress speaks seven words of dialogue, according to Variety.

In November, Paquin, 37, responded to the critics, defending her role in the film and calling the opportunity a "privilege". "She was very powerful and that's what it was", he told USA Today.

However, in a new interview with USA Today, De Niro insisted he thought Anna's portrayal of Peggy was ideal for the film. Scorsese has also said that it's been a very long process of making The Irishman and Netflix was the most appropriate platform to work with, not just because Netflix funded the big-budget movie but also they had given Scorsese more control than what he was expecting.

"She's terrific and it resonates", De Niro added. "I think sometimes a look is worth a thousand words and the internalized judgement that she has passed on her father is not something that she would be able to verbalize, not at that stage of her life". Frank is portrayed by De Niro, and Hoffa is portrayed by Al Pacino. When she does, she exchanges a few words with her father. "Why? Why haven't you called Jo?"

Rumors also circulated that Paquin was forced to take the role, but the actress took to Twitter to dispell the rumors.

Even more than movies, people are used to watching TV shows on Netflix, and that association has led some to wonder whether this epic story might've worked in smaller chunks as a TV series. "Guys, I hate to break it to you but it doesn't work that way".

While the hype of The Irishman hasn't settled, rumours have been confirmed that Martin Scorsese is planning for another masterpiece, starring Robert Di Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio, loosely based upon the non-fiction "Killers of the Flower Moon", confirmed by Scorsese' cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto.

Paquin replied to the tweet with the following: "Nope, nobody was doing any 'ordering, '" Paquin tweeted.

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