De Niro, Pacino get an offer they can’t refuse…

LONDON, England (CNN) — “This is an event in world history,” is how Hollywood producer Avi Lerner hyperbolically proclaimed the news that Robert De Niro and Al Pacino were to star in his new film.

De Niro and Al Pacino in a scene from their new movie

De Niro and Al Pacino in a scene from their new movie “Righteous Kill,” out this fall.

Lerner can, perhaps, be forgiven for getting a little carried away.

After all, it’s not every day these two Hollywood greats appear together on screen.

Lerner is fully aware that by getting De Niro and Pacino to pair up in his latest venture “Righteous Kill,” he has hit movie paydirt.

“They were in two scenes in ‘Heat.’ In this movie, they are in the whole thing together,” he tells Variety magazine.

The pairing of heavyweight actors Pacino and Tribeca film festival founder De Niro is something which has tantalized film fans since their separate scenes in “The Godfather Part II” — 34 years ago.

With 115 films and three Oscars between them, the two stars first acted together in the 1995 thriller “Heat,” albeit very briefly in two unrehearsed scenes.

So “Righteous Kill” is something of a coup for Hollywood director and producer Jon Avnet, who made 1996’s “Up Close and Personal” and 1991’s “Fried Green Tomatoes.”

9/10, this will be one of the top movies in the box office upon release.

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