Action Bronson To Star Alongside Pacino, De Niro & Pesci In Upcoming Scorsese Film
Queens, New York’s Action Bronson is definitely no stranger to the camera. In fact, some could argue that the onetime underground MC gained mainstream recognition as an entertainer, crafting a double life as a lyricist by day and charismatic celebrity icon by night.
Bam Bam is currently the star of the food travel show F*ck, That’s Delicious, as well as the newly launched late-night Untitled Action Bronson Show for Viceland. Meanwhile, in 2017, he released Blue Chips 7000, a charting continuation of his celebrated mixtape series with Party Supplies.
But despite his strong footprint in music and television, Action Bronson hasn’t portrayed a character as an actor. That is, until now.
According to Billboard, the Flushing native has joined the cast of an upcoming Martin Scorsese-directed biographical crime film titled The Irishman, produced and distributed by Netflix. The film stars Robert De Niro as our titular character, as well as Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci. It’s based on the Charles Brandt book, I Heard You Paint Houses, and will follow Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a mob hit-man some allege to have been involved in the death of Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa.
Bronson seems to have found himself surrounded by Hollywood legends. Pacino, Pesci and De Niro are perhaps best known for their portrayals of cold-blooded gangsters, with Pacino known for his role in Scarface, and De Niro and Pesci starring in the 1990 crime drama Goodfellas and Casino reprisal. Martin Scorsese, the influential director of such movies as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Casino, Goodfellas, and The Departed is no stranger to the tough, wiseguy attitude of the mobster. Bronson’s casting in The Irishman may feel like a natural fit, given his New York City background, and prominent lyrical references to many trimmings of the mobster lifestyle.
Previously, another Queens MC, 50 Cent, worked with Pacino and De Niro in 2008’s Righteous Kill.
There’s no word yet as to who Action Bronson will be playing or when The Irishman will be hitting Netflix, but it should be noted Scorsese’s vision has been lined up since 2014.
#BonusBeat: This month, Bronson released a Spotify Singles collection: