Was I the last person to know that Italian actor Vincenzo Amato (Nuovomondo, Respiro) was going to be on my favorite TV show? We’d DVR’d the October 13 Boardwalk Empire and hadn’t gotten the chance to watch it until last night.
Nucky Thompson’s in Florida working on a land deal in Tampa and he’s rounding up investors. He’d been talking with Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano until Luciano backed out when he learned about a new potential partner, Vincenzo Petrucelli (Amato), an investor with ties to Joe Masseria in New York.
Petrucelli meets Nucky and the others at the alligator fights (lovely sport), and assures them that he is a reliable investor. (“Just ask around”, he tells them.)
But Lucky Luciano is already acquainted with Petrucelli and isn’t so happy to see him. “What are you doing so far away from home?” Petrucelli asks a nervous Lucky. “I’m glad Joe (Masseria) let’s you come down. Do your business. I should call him, that way we can all make money together.”
“This could be bad for me”, Luciano later tells Lansky, and Lansky decides to go it alone . The Florida story line opens up an exciting opportunity for us to watch Amato in an English-speaking role.
Don’t know VIncenzo Amato? Nuovomondo and Respiro are a couple of good films to get to know him. Both were directed by Emanuele Crialese and both are easy to watch in the US.