Robert De Niro talks de-aging VFX while debuting new trailer for 'The Irishman'

Kylie Mar
Host & Producer, Yahoo Entertainment

Robert De Niro stopped by The Tonight Show Wednesday night, where he talked about his highly anticipated Netflix film The Irishman, directed by Martin Scorsese, and the reverse-aging technology that was used to make him look younger.

The movie, which also stars Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, marks the ninth film collaboration between De Niro and Scorsese and is creating a lot of buzz around the film's de-aging visual effects that were used to make the actors appear decades younger, and at various ages, throughout the film.

"It took a lot of work to do," De Niro told Jimmy Fallon. He joked, "I'm happy. Maybe it'll extend my career another 30 years."

De Niro went on to explain that part of the process required him to wear "dots," which are facial tracking markers for motion capture, on his face. De Niro explained, "We had slight dots. They didn't want it to get in our way and Marty didn't want that. I did one other thing. We had all kinds of stuff, but this they did very subtly, and so on, so they had references for whatever. Little kinds of cameras taking pictures and a special camera photographing us."

On Wednesday morning, The Irishman shared a first look at De Niro in his 20s, 40s, 60s, and 80s to its Twitter page.

While De Niro appeared on The Tonight Show, Fallon also debuted a brand new trailer for The Irishman, which gives viewers an even better look at all of those awesome effects.

The Irishman hits select theaters Nov. 1, followed by release on Netflix on Nov. 27.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on NBC.

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