Ed Sheeran is related to the gangster played by Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese & # 39; s new film The Irishman, according to co-star Stephen Graham of the film.
Frank Sheeran, who was notorious to paint & # 39; houses & # 39; by splashing the blood of victims on the walls, it was said that a & # 39; distant uncle & # 39; from Shape Of You singer Ed, 28.
Stephen, 46, who plays fellow gangster Anthony Provenzano in the popular new movie, insisted that the unlikely connection was real.
Unexpected link: Ed Sheeran is related to the gangster played by Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese & # 39; s new movie The Irishman, according to co-star Stephen Graham of the movie
He told The sun: & # 39; They are related to each other, you know. Honest to God – I swear the life of my nana.
& # 39; That's what Ed said, he says it's his distant uncle. & # 39;
Ed had previously emphasized the couple's shared name when the movie was first announced, although he didn't seem to know any family ties.
He wrote on social media: & # 39; Robert De Niro plays a top Irishman in a new Martin Scorsese film. The gangster he plays is Frank Sheeran. True story. & # 39;
Scary guy: Frank Sheeran, who was notorious to paint & # 39; houses & # 39; by splashing the blood of victims on the walls, it was said that a & # 39; distant uncle & # 39; from Shape Of You singer Ed, 28
The Irishman Frank died of cancer in 2003 before the story of his life was told to the book I Heard You Paint Houses by former prosecutor Charles Brandt, who interviewed the real Sheeran.
In what is an adaptation of the book, the Scorsese film describes the life of the hit man Sheeran.
It portrays him as an old man who thinks about the role he played in the disappearance of trade union leader James Hoffa (Al Pacino) and his connections with the Bufalino crime family.
Wow: Stephen, 46, who plays fellow gangster Anthony Provenzano in the popular new movie, insisted that the unlikely connection was real (Pictured: Stephen with Scorsese last month)
Hi-tech: Robert De Niro, 76, played Sheeran in all scenes in the widely acclaimed new film and was digitally obsolete for those who portrayed him as a younger man
Sheeran claimed he had killed Hoffa by shooting him twice in the back of a home in Detroit.
Before his revelation, Hoffa's disappearance had been one of America & # 39; s greatest unsolved crime mysteries.
The murder of Hoffa was just one of the dozens of shocking murders Sheeran admitted – many on Hoffa's orders.
De Niro, 76, played the role of the gangster in all scenes and was digitally obsolete for those who showed him as a younger man.
One of the murders that Sheeran claimed to have committed was, among other things, the notorious murder of Joe Gallo, a mafia boss, who died during his birthday in a restaurant.
Sheeran said he developed his murderous instincts and his callous disdain for taking human lives while serving in the US Army in North Africa and Italy during World War II.
He said he had spent 411 days in battle – far more than most other American soldiers ever did.
He told Brandt that he was taking part in concise executions of German prisoners of war, and not just front line soldiers, but even German mule drivers.
Shooting: Sheeran (right) claimed to have killed union leader James Hoffa by shooting him twice in the back of his head in a house in Detroit (photo: Sheeran and Hoffa)
He claimed that he did not hesitate to do what I needed to do.
The film about his life has stunned the public and has become Scorsese's most popular film by achieving a perfect score on the Rotten Tomatoes review website.
The popular website – which gathers official film reviews to give each film a percentage score – gave the film a 100 percent score based on reviews from 80 different publications.
It is extremely difficult to get a & # 39; Certified Fresh & # 39; score of 10 percent on the website, because a single negative rating undermines a perfect score.
The film has even replaced Scorcese's most famous film, Taxi Driver, with a rating of 98 percent.
The Irishman is also better than the other beloved films from the director, Goodfellas and Raging Bull, who each have a 96 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Impressive: the film has an impressive audience and has become Scorsese's most popular film by achieving a perfect score on the Rotten Tomatoes review website
The unexpected link between Ed and Sheeran comes after the singer said in August that he was taking a break from the show.
Ed reportedly said during his last show: & # 39; As you may or may not know, I have been on the Divide tour for more than two years now and this is the last day of the whole event. & # 39;
& # 39; Something very bittersweet about it. I think it's great that you are here and we end it in Ipswich. This is my last performance of probably 18 months, & The 39 reported.
However, he returned to the stage last month to sing Backstreet Boys and his hit Galway Girl in a Japanese Karoke bar after England's final defeat in South Africa.
Starting with his hit Galway Girl, it didn't take long for Ed to continue his childhood with & # 39; I Want It That Way & # 39; from Backstreet Boys.
After entertaining the audience, Ed decided to put on a Charizard onesie and happily posed for selfies with over-excited fans before enjoying a large glass of wine.
Hard partying: the link between Ed and the gangster comes after the singer came back on stage last month to sing Backstreet Boys and his hit Galway Girl in a Japanese Karoke bar
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