Weird History
2.8k voters

'The Irishman' Actors Vs. The Real People They Play

Updated December 2, 2019 29.5k votes 2.8k voters 70.9k views12 items

List RulesVote up the actors who most resemble their real-life counterparts.

Martin Scorsese's much-anticipated 2019 film The Irishman tells a story of Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance from the perspective of Frank Sheeran, the eponymous "Irishman." In the movie, real historical figures - from dons like Russell Bufalino to ancillary political players like Robert F. Kennedy - feature heavily in the story, which is based on Sheeran's alleged confessions in the 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses by former homicide prosecutor Charles Brandt.

Given all of the real people the movie portrays, it's natural to wonder how well the actors stack up to the folks they're playing. What did Frank Sheeran really look like? And how does it compare to Robert De Niro, aging and de-aging aside? What about the real Russell Bufalino? Does Joe Pesci capture his essence? And Al Pacino's Jimmy Hoffa?