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Robert De Niro goes from brutal ex-soldier to notorious hitman in the new trailer for 'The Irishman'
In a new trailer for The Irishman, Robert De Niro stars as Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, the notorious Mafia hitman and ex-soldier who claimed responsibility for the mysterious disappearance of labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa.
Directed by Martin Scorsese, The Irishman is based on the 2005 book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, a former Delaware deputy attorney general who chronicled Sheeran's life as a hired gun for Pennsylvania's Bufalino crime family
The title of the book was pulled from Hoffa and Sheeran's first conversation, in which the president of the Teamsters Union asked the mobster if he painted houses – code for killing people – to which Sheeran replied yes, adding "I do my own carpentry work, too," which meant he also disposed of the bodies.
Hoffa's sudden disappearance in 1975 remained a mystery for decades until Sheeran claimed in a videotaped confession prior to his death in 2003 that he was the man who pulled the trigger.
VIDEO: Frank Sheeran's confession from 'Where is Hoffa?'
In addition to detailing Sheeran's role in dozens of murders, including that of Hoffa (played by Al Pacino), Brandt's book also explored Sheeran's 411 days of combat service during World War II and how that segued into a career as a hitman for the mob — and based on the trailer, it seems like the film will follow the book's lead in that regard:
"It was like the Army, you followed orders," De Niro narrates in the trailer, before there's a quick cut to Sheeran during World War II. "You did the right thing. You got rewarded."
Sheeran enlisted in the Army after the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pear Harbor and served in Europe during World War II, during which time he was involved in multiple killings both on and off the battlefield, some of which would be considered war crimes under the Geneva Convention, according to the Courier Post.
After the war, Sheeran returned home to Pennsylvania, where he took a job as a driver for the Buffalino crime family and befriended mob boss Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci), who later introduced him to Hoffa.
The Irishman hits theaters Nov. 1 before premiering on Netflix later that month on Nov. 27.
Actor Mark Wahlberg will be visiting troops overseas to plug Wahlburgers, a fast-casual restaurant chain owned by the actor and his two brothers, Donnie Wahlberg, and chef Paul Wahlberg.
US troops will not burn and pillage like Genghis Khan's hordes as a result of Trump intervening in war crimes cases, Milley says
The U.S. military will not disintegrate into an undisciplined horde following President Donald Trump's recent intervention in three war crimes cases, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley assured lawmakers on Wednesday.
Milley was testifying before the House Armed Services Committee when he was pressed by Iraq war veteran Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) about the president's actions in the cases of former Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, retired Army Maj. Matthew Golsteyn, and retired Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher.
Taliban fighters attempted to fight their way into Bagram Airfield on Wednesday by invading a medical facility just outside of the base's perimeter, a spokesman for Operation Resolute Support said Wednesday.
J.P. Lawrence of Stars and Stripes and Jim LaPorta of Newsweek first reported that the battle lasted for several hours after using car bombs to attack the hospital, which is near the base's northern corner. Helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft were reportedly used to drop ordnance on the hospital.
An armed suspect was taken into custody at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi on Wednesday morning after a brief lockdown period, according to the Texas base's Facebook account.
Though the exact nature of the incident is unclear, base officials wrote that no shots were fired and no injuries were reported.
The new defense bill would create a public database for every complaint made about privatized housing
Among the dozens of requirements outlined in the latest version of the National Defense Authorization Act is the requirement for the Secretary of Defense to create a public database for privatized housing complaints.
So, that will be... a lot.