Robert De Niro defends Anna Paquin's seven-word role in 'The Irishman'

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Hollywood director Martin Scorsese has requested the viewers who are planning to watch his crime drama The Irishman on Netflix to not watch it on a mobile phone.

This will be the 6th time DiCaprio and Di Niro will work in a film together, with previously co-starring in The Aviator, Shutter Island, Gangs of New York, The Departed, and The Wolf of Wall Street. "Maybe in other scenes there could've been some interaction between Frank and her possibly, but that's how it was done", he said.

"She was very powerful and that's what it was", De Niro told the news outlet of Paquin's performance.

In The Irishman, the actress portrays Peggy Sheeran, the daughter of mafia hitman Frank Sheeran, played by De Niro. "She was very powerful and that's what it was", he told USA Today.

During the movie, Paquin's character develops a friendship with Frank's friend - union leader Jimmy Hoffa. "She's terrific and it resonates".

"Why? Why?" she asks, glaring at her father.

To be fair, the character of Peggy Sheeran said more than just seven words throughout all of The Irishman, as she was also played as a child by Lucy Gallina.

Here's how the conversation - if you want to call it that - happens in the film between De Niro and Paquin's characters, according to CNN Entertainment. The star replied by saying that no one gave her an "order" and she is really proud of being part of such an incredible movie.

That's the entire exchange after which Paquin never speaks again in the film.

Here's what Anna Paquin had to say earlier this month when the criticism about her few lines in The Irishman popped up and she was accused of being "forced" to take the role.

Even more than movies, people are used to watching TV shows on Netflix, and that association has led some to wonder whether this epic story might've worked in smaller chunks as a TV series. "Guys, I hate to break it to you but it doesn't work that way".

"Nope, nobody was doing any 'ordering, '" she wrote. "I auditioned for the privilege of joining the incredible cast of 'The Irishman" and I'm incredibly proud to get to be a part of this film".

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