Oscar-winning character Anna Paquin remains silent throughout Martin Scorsese's detective drama "The Irishman," and that's great with his co-star Robert De Niro.
De Niro analyzed the controversy surrounding his colleague's lack of dialogue over Thanksgiving weekend, arguing that Paquin's performance brings a "powerful" punch – albeit a silent one. Paquin presents a total of seven lines during the more than three-hour movie as Peggy Sheeran, the traumatized daughter of mafia hitman Frank Sheeran.
"She was very powerful and that's what she was," De Niro said recently USA today. "Maybe in other scenes there was some interaction between Frank and her, but that's how it was done. She's great and it resonates."
Although Peggy de Paquin occupies limited screen time, a younger version, played by child actress Lucy Gallina, directs additional and crucial scenes that establish her troubled relationship with her murderous father – so that when the "True Blood" alum finally says your play as an adult, has a heartbreaking weight.
But the short speech was not enough for those who followed Paquin since she became the second youngest winner in Oscar history at age 11 in 1994 for his work on "The Piano".
Similar to the protest over Margot Robbie's minimal material in Quentin Tarantino's "Once upon a time … in Hollywood", the internet quickly accused Scorsese of wasting Paquin's talents.
The veteran filmmaker approached criticism prior to the theatrical release of the film, arguing in a conversation with Spike Lee in New York that Peggy "need not say anything" to make an impact. Even Paquin defended Scorsese's social media choices shortly after Oscar hit theaters.
"No, no one was making any requests," she replied to Twitter users, implying that Scorsese forced her to play a supportive role. "I auditioned for the privilege of joining the incredible cast of & # 39; The Irishman & # 39; and I'm incredibly proud to be part of this movie."
"The Irishman", also starring Joe Pesci and Al Pacino, is now on Netflix and is still in select theaters.