Johnny Sack's Campaign Cameo
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) has a bit of that Edie Falco thing going on, at least in the eyes of Vince Curatola, the actor best-known for playing mobster Johnny "Sack" Sacrimoni on HBO's "The Sopranos."
Like Falco, who played Carmela Soprano on the popular series, Clinton "has thick hair, multiple shades of light brown and blond," Curatola said.
"The wife of a powerful man ... That's an interesting analogy," Curatola continued as he chatted with The Sleuth about his cameo role in Sen. Clinton's much-hyped video spoofing the ending of the Sopranos final season (in which she announces her campaign's theme song - "You and I" by the Canadian singer Celine Dion.)
But don't jump to conclusions about a Curatola endorsement any time soon.
"If I see her platform leaning more and more toward a national health care plan, I would be very interested in her for president," said Curatola, who sits on the board of Hackensack University Medical Center.
Asked whether Clinton was as good an actor as Falco, Curatola laughed and said, "We did multiple takes. She got warmer and better."
The former president, surprisingly, wasn't a natural in front of the camera either.
"They weren't too good at hitting their marks, which, when you're an actor..." Curatola said, his voice trailing off. "They kept saying, 'I'm sorry.' Both of them apologized to the crew every time they made a mistake. Reminded me of a day player. They so much want to please."
Clinton campaign spokesman Phil Singer said he doesn't expect the candidate or her husband to make the silver screen anytime soon either. "They had a lot of fun making the video but they're not quitting their day jobs just yet," he said.
By the way, Curatola told us he crossed the aisle to vote for Bill Clinton both times back in the '90s. "At the time I was a staunch Republican," Curatola said.
For the record, it sounds like the former president was as bummed as other "Sopranos" fans about the ambiguous non-ending ending to the final season. "He said to me, 'That ending' and he squinched up his face a little bit. I did the same thing," said Curatola, whose character, Johnny Sack, kicked the bucket in prison of lung cancer.
The former Sopranos mob boss said he got a call Saturday night from Allen Coulter, one of "The Sopranos" directors, asking if he'd participate the next day in making the Clinton Sopranos spoof. "This sounds like it's going to be a heck of a lot of fun," Curatola said of his reaction. "Obviously, they're fans. A fan is a fan, whether they're the leader of the free world at some point or a guy who drives a truck."
And no, Curatola assured us he didn't get paid a dime to appear in the Clinton video. Though his manager, Bob McGowan, said "no comment" when asked whether his client was paid.
Johnny Sack fans will be heartened to know that Curatola is starring in a movie called "Frame of Mind" about the JFK assassination. The independent film has already wrapped up and is just awaiting a distribution deal.
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