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Scorsese In Righteous Kill? Nu-uh
Exclusive: Producer kills casting rumour

22 October 2007  |  Written by Olly Richards  

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We know this is going to come as an upset, but sometimes the internet lies. Oh we know, it's hard to take, but it only tells untruths sometimes. Several websites, including Wikipedia, have reported that Martin Scorsese will join Robert De Niro and Al Pacino for a cameo in Righteous Kill, the pair's post-Heat re-team, in which they play a pair of cops on the hunt for a serial killer. This is, sadly, bull pucky.

"We were all a little surprised by that one!" laughed producer Rob Cowan when Empire questioned the truth of the casting during a recent chat. "I don’t know where the rumour about Scorsese being their commanding officer came from. It was a good story. The character it said on the internet he would be playing is being played by Brian Dennehy".

Cowan says that rather than having to persuade the two greatest actors of their generation to reunite, it was actually they who were keen to work together again, after hunting for another project they could do together since completing Heat. And where the two barely shared screentime in Michael Mann's 1995 classic, Cowan says that the legends appear together on screen for "about 90 per cent" of Righteous Kill.

"Unlike Heat, this time they’re a team," he continues. "They’re two very distinct characters. De Niro’s is much more of a guy who, in his face and mannerisms, carrying the weight of all the years he’s been a cop; Pacino’s is, if not flippant, a guy who takes things a lot more lightly. And so that allows for an interesting dynamic when they play off each other...But, y'know, this isn't Lethal Weapon!".

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Not interested anyway....
i'm the only person i know that didn't find Heat 'amazing' More

Posted by carri3ann3 at 10:02 on 31 October 2007 | Report This Post

RE: There were TWO dialogue scenes!
Yeah but unless this is another rob Cohen and not the one that brought some of the worst movies ever, he'll still find a way to mess it up Just checked this movie up on IMDB, 50 cent is involved.... More

Posted by Harry_Knowles_Ver.2 at 19:53 on 23 October 2007 | Report This Post

Isnt this going straight to DVD??
Pacino's last one with this director did, I think?? More

Posted by wes clough at 10:01 on 23 October 2007 | Report This Post

RE: There were TWO dialogue scenes!
That's actually Rob Cowan, a producer, not Rob Cohen, a director. More

Posted by Olly Richards at 08:16 on 23 October 2007 | Report This Post

RE: There were TWO dialogue scenes!
Just noticed Rob Cohen is involved... Robert and Al are gonna have to bring their A games to this one to make up for the total shit Cohen is gonna turn this into More

Posted by Harry_Knowles_Ver.2 at 23:31 on 22 October 2007 | Report This Post

RE: There were TWO dialogue scenes!
e reason this film has me thinking of The Score where the calibre of actors involved seems to be the focus. Could be wrong though! More

Posted by stuieboy at 23:09 on 22 October 2007 | Report This Post

RE: There were TWO dialogue scenes!
inted no marty as he is yet to direct Pacino, i am now weary of the films potential. More

Posted by doncopey1 at 21:58 on 22 October 2007 | Report This Post

There were TWO dialogue scenes!
The coffee shop scene and the climax at the airport.Watch the film again Olly More

Posted by darth silas at 21:05 on 22 October 2007 | Report This Post

In Heat they only shared a single scene together? Hmmmm... Whoever wrote that needs a rewatch methinks, unless they meant a scene where they actually talk to each other. More

Posted by Kadaj at 18:50 on 22 October 2007 | Report This Post

This movie is gonna rock!!!
I repeat, ROCK!!!! More

Posted by coomi01 at 18:10 on 22 October 2007 | Report This Post

can't marty direct? More

Posted by Hughezy at 17:17 on 22 October 2007 | Report This Post

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