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

Anna Paquin and Robert De Niro

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.

For much of the three-and-a-half-hour film, Paquin's character attempts to stay away from Frank's work and shady business partners, but after developing a bond with Hoffa and his wife Jo, Peggy can no longer ignore the reality of her father's life. This time he's standing up for Paquin's role in the film which received lots of criticism because she only had a few lines.

The film features Oscar-winner Anna Paquin, 37, as De Niro's daughter, who says only seven words in the 3-hour-and-29-minute drama.

"I didn't have a problem with the character not talking", the user wrote.

"She's terrific and it resonates", De Niro added.

"She was very powerful and that's what it was", De Niro recently told USA Today.

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De Niro weighed in on the controversy surrounding his colleague's lack of dialogue over the holiday weekend, contending that Paquin's performance packs a "powerful" -albeit quiet -punch. Paquin's character only speaks to Frank after the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino).

While Paquin's Peggy occupies limited screen time, a younger version, played by child actress Lucy Gallina, commands additional, pivotal scenes that set up her troubling relationship with her murderous father -so that when the "True Blood" alum finally says her piece as an adult, it holds heartbreaking weight.

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.

Rodrigo Prieto, Scorsese' cinematographer, who has been performing camera tests for the movie, said the principal photography will start in March 2020.

"Nope, nobody was doing any 'ordering, '" she tweeted.

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