Photo by Dennis Powell
So, it’s not like Paul Sorvino and I were buddies, but there’s a story. This was a long time ago (2007(. I was with my son Zach up in Pittsburgh for some reason or other and I got the call to drive back to Athens, Ohio and come to the Casa Nueva. My good friend Dennis Powell orchestrated this event so I’ll let him tell the story.
‘On April 6, 2007, Vanessa was contacted by someone representing Amanda
Sorvino (or Last Chance Corral, I never knew which) having to do with a
television pilot animal-lover and daughter-of-Paul, Amanda was going to
shoot that day at Last Chance Corral. They had somehow gotten it into their
heads that it would make good television if Paul were to run into Jorma
(who would just happen to be carrying his guitar) in a local Athens bar.
(The more I think about the implausibility of every single detail, the
harder I laugh.) My little task that day was to make it work. First, a bar
was out. How about Casa Nueva? Turned out, the People’s Revolutionary Council (Proprietors of Casa) or
something would have to meet, discuss, and vote before permission to do it
there could be granted, and the shoot was scheduled for that night. So,
Amanda in tow, I walked around the corner to the Blue Gator (a long defunct eatery), asked if we
could shoot it there. They said sure.
And thus was the (never broadcast, as far as I know) scene of Paul
Sorvino “running in to” Jorma arranged and ultimately filmed. Jorma
played a bit, and Paul launched into a song from an Italian opera, and the
whole thing was entirely remarkable.’
You can’t make this stuff up! It was entirely remarkable. Paul was a big man, imposing to say the least but affable in a distant kind of way. As a huge fan of Goodfellas, it was an honor in a way to give Paulie his tribute.
In my own small way, I give Paulie his tribute one last time!
Fair wind and following seas brother!