Jonathan Hensleigh made a career writing films and then directed Thomas Jane in The Punisher (2004). Now he’s done a feature with another Punisher actor: Ray Stevenson. Kill the Irishman adapts Rick Porrello‘s book To Kill the Irishman: The War That Crippled the Mafia. It stars Mr. Stevenson and his wig as the Irishman of the title, who starts out working for the mob and then feels the mob’s wrath when he strikes out on his own. Watch the trailer after the break.
I can’t help but think of similar period gangster movies like Donnie Brasco and American Gangster when I see this trailer. (Not so much Goodfellas, despite the mobbed-up cast.) I like Ray Stevenson quite a lot, and it’s nice to see Christopher Walken taking things seriously for a minute. Take away the very out of place song from the middle of this trailer and it might do a good job of presenting the film.
Also: Vincent D’Onofrio!
Kill the Irishman stars Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken, Val Kilmer, Steven R. Schirripa, Vincent D’Onofrio, Paul Sorvino, Robert Davi, Vinnie Jones and Laura Ramsey.
It opens limited on March 11, 2011.
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