The Irishman: Ed Sheeran 'related to' Mafia hitman played by Robert De Niro
The revelation reportedly came from the singer himself
According to Stephen Graham, who co-stars alongside De Niro and Al Pacino in the movie, the singer is a distant nephew of alleged hitman Frank Sheeran.
“They’re related, you know,” he told The Sun. “Honest to God – I swear on my nana’s life.”
Graham, added: “That’s what Ed said – he says it’s his distant uncle.”
The Irishman follows Sheeran across several decades of his life, tracking his experiences with labour union teamster Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino) and crime boss Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci).
Production began on the filmmaker’s long-gestating mob drama in 2016 with lucrative rights picked up at Cannes Film Festival. Netflix later acquired worldwide rights to the film for a reported $105m setting a budget of $125m.
Based on Charles Brandt’s book I Heard You Paint Houses, The Irishman marks the ninth collaboration between De Niro and Scorsese. It is the first time Pacino has worked with the director.
We have contacted Sheeran’s reps for comment.