Kill the Irishman trailer online
Just check out Ray Stevenson in this trailer for Kill the Irishman, he looks great, plus he's backed up by Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken, Vincent D'Onofrio, Paul Sorvino and Vinnie Jones, and it's based on a true story.
Danny Greene was working for the Mafia in Cleveland in the seventies and decided that he could do more than just be a thug for the mob, so he decides to take them on and take over their turf. That's something they can't have and a power struggle ensued with attempt after attempt made to kill the Irishman.
Just from the trailer itself it looks like the performance from Ray Stevenson could be delivering a superb performance as the true life Danny Greene who turned from being a longshoreman and involved in the corruption of the unions to being an enforcer for the local Mafia and eventually to creating his own gang who began taking over previously Mafia run rackets.
Greene survived many assassination attempts, something for which he became renowned for, and according to the book To Kill The Irishman: The War that Crippled the Mafia by Rick Porrello (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) he killed at least eight of the Mafia hit men sent to kill him.
That's also the book from which the film is adapted, Porrello is a former Cleveland police lieutenant who became a writer and wrote about Greene, and now Jeremy Walters and Jonathan Hensleigh have adapted the book into the screenplay that Hensleigh has directed, and it looks good. Here's the blurb:
Over the summer of 1976, thirty-six bombs detonate in the heart of Cleveland while a turf war raged between Irish mobster Danny Greene (Ray Stevenson) and the Italian mafia. Based on a true story, "Kill the Irishman" chronicles Greene's heroic rise from a tough Cleveland neighborhood to become an enforcer in the local mob. Turning the tables on loan shark Shondor Birns (Christopher Walken) and allying himself with gangster John Nardi (Vincent D'Onofrio), Greene stops taking orders from the mafia and pursues his own power. Surviving countless assassination attempts from the mob and killing off anyone who went after him in retaliation, Danny Greene's infamous invincibility and notorious fearlessness eventually led to the collapse of mafia syndicates across the U.S. and also earned him the status of the man the mob couldn't kill.
The film looks even better when you read up about Greene's life in the Wikipedia entry, although be warned, it does go into all the detail of his life.