Who Frank Sheeran Is Talking To
Robert De Niro plays real-life gangster Frank Sheeran in The Irishman, and the film is based on Sheeran’s statements to author Charles Brandt for the book I Heard You Paint Houses. It seems likely that when Sheeran speaks to the camera, he’s addressing Brandt. Brandy says in the book that Sheeran spilled his guts to him after refusing to speak with Hoffa’s family or the feds, as seen in the film.
The Irishman also pays tribute to its source material by using the title of the book onscreen at the point in the film when the title of the film would normally appear.