Here’s a bit of trivia: Jonathan Hensleigh, the writer/director of “Kill the Irishman”, was the writer/director of 2004’s “The Punisher” starring Thomas Jane as the Marvel Comics character. Hensleigh had nothing to do with that film’s sequel four years later, “Punisher War Zone”, which replaced Jane with Ray Stevenson in the titular role. Now Stevenson is starring in Hensleigh’s true-mob tale “Kill the Irishman”. Funny how things work out, huh? Anyways, here’s a poster and trialer for Hensleigh’s film, which looks explosive as all get-out. Plus, how can you go wrong with Christopher Walken playing the heavy? Answer: you can’t.
Over the summer of 1976, thirty-six bombs detonate in the heart of Cleveland while a turf war raged between Irish mobster Danny Greene (Ray Stevenson) and the Italian mafia. Based on a true story, KILL THE IRISHMAN chronicles Greene’s heroic rise from a tough Cleveland neighborhood to become an enforcer in the local mob. Turning the tables on loan shark Shondor Birns (Christopher Walken) and allying himself with gangster John Nardi (Vincent D’Onofrio), Greene stops taking orders from the mafia and pursues his own power. Surviving countless assassination attempts from the mob and killing off anyone who went after him in retaliation, Danny Greene’s infamous invincibility and notorious fearlessness eventually led to the collapse of mafia syndicates across the U.S. and also earned him the status of the man the mob couldn’t kill.
Written and directed by Jonathan Hensleigh (“The Punisher”) and starring Ray Stevenson, Val Kilmer, Paul Sorvino and Linda Cardellini.
The Irishman is getting a limited release on March 11, 2011.