Martin Scorsese Says “The Irishman” Wouldn’t Have Worked as a TV series

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Ray Romano, and Jesse Plemons in "The Irishman"

The Irishman has hit Netflix worldwide.

The Martin Scorsese mob epic is three and a half hours long, but the acclaimed director says it wouldn’t have worked better as a limited series instead of a movie.

And it all has to do with all that de-aging technology. 

“You could say, ‘This is a long story, you can play it out over two seasons’ — I saw somebody mention that,” the director said. “Absolutely no. I’ve never even thought of it. Because the point of this picture is the accumulation of detail. It’s an accumulated cumulative effect by the end of the movie — which means you get to see from beginning to end [in one sitting] if you’re so inclined. A series is great, it’s wonderful, you can develop character and plot lines and worlds are recreated. But this wasn’t right for that.”

And in case you haven’t watched it yet — do it!