The Irishman: A Hitman's Ring Explained

Tony Sokol Nov 29, 2019

House painters don't usually wear expensive jewelry on the job, but the ring Robert De Niro wears in The Irishman is special.

"Only three people in the world have one of these, and only one of them is Irish," Russell Bufalino, played by Joe Pesci, tells Robert De Niro's Frank Sheeran in Martin Scorsese's gangster swan song, The Irishman. Bufalino, a crime figure so powerful he dictated casting to the producers of The Godfather, presents the Teamsters union official and sometime contract killer, with a gold ring. You just want to kiss it, like the capos of the Corleone Family do with Don Michael's ring at the ending of the Francis Ford Coppola classic.

The Irishman is based on Charles Brandt's 2004 biography, I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran and the Closing of the Case on Jimmy Hoffa. In the book, Sheeran calls
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