Action Bronson, a man who has a late-night cable show where all he does is watch Ancient Aliens and smoke a bong, has been spotted on the set of the latest Martin Scorsese film, which is weird and kind of cool. Billboard reports that Bronson—who started out as a hip-hop artist and chef before branching out into eating food and smoking weed on TV as well—has joined the cast of The Irishman in an unknown role. And although the casting is unconventional, if you think about it, it actually makes a lot of sense: Bronson’s impressive stature and deceptively amiable disposition make him a perfect choice to play a Mob-adjacent neighborhood figure. He’s also from Queens, so the accent is already there.
Bronson teased the collaboration with a photo on Instagram:
The Irishman is based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses, about Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, an alleged Mafia hitman rumored to have been involved in the death of Jimmy Hoffa. The film, which has been in the works for nearly a decade now, marks the ninth feature-film collaboration between Scorsese and Robert De Niro, and co-stars Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, and Bobby Cannavale—basically, all your favorite New York tough guys. The project was bought up by Netflix a little less than a year ago, and doesn’t have a theatrical release date yet, although Netflix has released the rather awkward poster below.