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The Irishman viewers distracted by Robert De Niro’s ‘horrifying’ blue contact lenses

THE Irishman viewers have found themselves distracted by Robert De Niro’s "horrifying" blue contact lenses - as producers tried to make him look Irish.

Some fans said the American/Italian actor, who plays Irish gangster Frank Sheeran in the Netflix movie, resembled a "cyborg" whilst others were  left "haunted" by his piercing blue peepers.

Others insisted that it was blatantly obvious the special effects team had meddled with the actors' looks, so that they appeared younger.

One fan tweeted after watching the Netflix movie: "The Irishman’s youth tech is crazy but De Niro’s fake blue eyes make him look like a cyborg mobster."

Another fan wrote on Twitter: "Started to watch The Irishman. Haven’t finished it yet. It’s like 3.5 hrs long.

"De Niro’s blue eyes are annoying me and the CGI “youthfulness” also so many characters at the mo. We’ll see how it unfolds!"

Though one fan was satisfied that the "de-aging" on screen had worked, they were still put off by De Niro's "hilarious" eyes.

They tweeted: "The de-aging on The Irishman is really good, but De Niro playing someone of Irish descent is hilarious.

"His blue eyes make him look like John Wayne."

The film is based on the 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses - a reference to hitman code, with the paint being blood.

It follows the life of De Niro's Frank Sheehan and his rise from truck driver to mobster, whose relationship with the powerful Union boss Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino) creates problems with mob boss Russell Bufalino (Pesci).

It sprawls across decades and details the irrepressible temptation of power and the inevitable regret that follows.

The de-aging technique has been used on De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, who came out of retirement especially to play crime boss Russell Bufalino.

The Irishman was released on the streaming service on Wednesday and it has certainly generated plenty of buzz.

It tells the true story of union leader Jimmy Hoffa, who was allegedly assassinated by Frank Sheeran, a union official.

Frank Sheeran, who was a member of the army and fought in World War II in from 1941, honed his craft in Europe and later returned to the US as a hitman.

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