Saturday, March 12, 2011

Vincent D’Onofrio embraces role as Mafia boss in ‘Irishman’

Boston Herald, 3.12.11
By Stephen Schaefer


Vincent D’Onofrio’s working the other side of the street.

Famous for his role as Detective Robert Goren on the long-running “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” television series, D’Onofrio plays a mobster in the fact-based crime drama, “Kill the Irishman.”

D’Onofrio’s Mafioso, John Nardi, heads a crew of criminals, but compared to his compatriots, he’s practically a teddy bear.
I knew there was a lot of mob stuff in this, and I’m Italian-American and didn’t want to portray him as all sharkskin suits, slicked-back hair and overdressed,” D’Onofrio said last week in New York on a break from filming his final eight episodes of “CI.”

The movie, which co-stars Christopher Walken and Val Kilmer, is based on Cleveland’s gang warfare of 1976. The “Irishman” in the title is gangster Danny Greene (Ray Stevenson), an associate of Nardi battling over the city’s turf.

As he does with all his roles, D’Onofrio, 51, opted to “not do the typical attitude” and decided Nardi was “more like an accountant than a killer.”

“I did a little research, but the problem with Nardi, there is nothing around except the book the movie comes from (Rick Porrello’s ‘To Kill the Irishman: The War That Crippled the Mafia”). There’s only one picture of him. A lot of it, I had to make up.”

“Irishman” is a movie populated by thugs, killers and creeps — and D’Onofrio knows that’s the attraction.

“From the beginning when novels were written, crime stories have been popular,” he said. “People love them in short form and long form, and that’s why people go see mob movies and why ‘Law & Order’ is successful. It’s intriguing.”

It was more than a year and a half ago that an exhausted D’Onofrio left the Dick Wolf-produced TV series that made his Sherlock Holmes-like Goren a household name.

He came back because “Dick asked me to finish the show for eight episodes. I’m just trying to knock them out of the park for Wolf and USA (Network),” he said.

As for life after “Law & Order,” he said, “My thing is film, and I will continue to do that. I don’t have a huge plan, but I thank God I’m still respected as an actor.”

Thanks Linda!

2 comments:

Kris Ann said...

I've no doubt Vincent will knock it out of the park in the last 8 episodes of CI - he's never disappointed me in CI.

I look forward to seeing this movie!

janethyland said...

He is doing it out of friendship for Wolf. How in character and an honourable reason.

Nice to see "Sam" delivering all the casting calls again.

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"In Dubious Battle" [2016]

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s. Vincent....Al Anderson

"TENN" [TBA]

A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

Directed by James Franco
Vincent D'Onofrio, Jacob Loeb

"American Falls" - [TBA]

In a rural town in Southern Idaho, the Suzukis, a Japanese American family, run a small motel. One night they get a strange visitor who sports ‘city’ clothes who turns out to be the first African-American man that Toru Suzuki’s children have ever seen. Yoshiko takes it upon herself to solve the mystery about this man, especially when 2 police officers come knocking on their door.

Short film produced by Erika Hampson.
Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Foster.

'Purgatory' [TBA]

'Purgatory' [TBA]
Tagline: In the Wild West a lot of blood was spilled... but it didn't go to waste. Vincent....Dallas Stoudenmire

"A Fall From Grace" [TBA]

Detective Michael Tabb knows the city of St. Louis inside and out. He has felt its true heart, as much as its dark underbelly: but he does not know who, in both the dark and light - is taking the lives of young girls.

Director: Jennifer Lynch
Producer/Writer ...Eric Wilkinson

Vincent D'Onofrio ....George Lawson (GRACE's father)
Tim Roth.......Detective Tabb

Filming in St Louis - TBA

"Supreme Ruler" [TBA]

A man campaigns to become the leader of the Buffalo lodge.

Vincent D'Onofrio as Hank Dory
Ron Livingston as Steve
Marcia Gay Harden as Nancy

"The Monster Next Door" [TBA]

"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

Executive Produced by Dennis Johnson, Melanie Mohlman Produced by Eric Wilkinson, David Michaels
Written by Jim Robbins
Directed by Jennifer Lynch

Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Pullman, French Stewart, Bill Moseley

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]
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