Published: Wed, December 04, 2019

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

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

Paquin delivers a total of seven lines during the three-plus-hour film as Peggy Sheeran, mafia hitman Frank Sheeran's traumatized daughter.

Later during the film, Paquin's character asks De Niro's character about Hoffa's disappearance, and asks why De Niro's character hasn't reached out to Hoffa's wife, as they were friends.

"She was very powerful and that's what it was", he said.

"Why haven't you called Jo?" she says.

You may have heard - perhaps through the all-consuming social media commentary over the weekend - that The Irishman, Martin Scorsese's latest mob opus, is now on Netflix. "Maybe in other scenes, there could've been some interaction between Frank and her possibly, but that's how it was done".

"She's terrific and it resonates", De Niro added. His opinion joins the scores of people who felt that Paquin's largely silent performance was a standout and powerful element of The Irishman, while others felt that she was underused.


"Why? Why?" she asks, glaring at her father.

Upon meeting Jimmy Hoffa as a child, Peggy Sheeran immediately took a liking to the man, looking at him more favorably than Frank and Joe Pesci's Russell Buffalino.

The actor continued saying that it might've been possible to have he and Paquin's characters talk more in the film.

Here's how the conversation - if you want to call it that - happens in the film between De Niro and Paquin's characters, according to CNN Entertainment. In November, the True Blood alum corrected a Twitter user who suggested that Scorsese forced her to accept a pointless role. "I get it, but also at home, I think if you can make a night of it, or an afternoon thereof, and know that you're not gonna answer the phone, or you're not gonna get up too much, it might work".

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

In the mean time, Netflix dropped executive Martin Scorsese's wrongdoing epic "The Irishman" on Wednesday without a moment to spare for the Thanksgiving weekend.

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