It’s a hectic week for Frank Vincent, as the New York character actor will be feted with the Soho International Film Festival’s Icon Award on Friday (4/22), and serve as the title attraction of “An Evening with Frank Vincent” at the fest the night before (4/21). Vincent, who is known for his work with Martin Scorsese, Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci in “Raging Bull,” “Casino” and “Goodfellas” — as well as for “The Sopranos” and dozens of other credits — will also be on hand for a NY party honoring the DVD release this week of his “Chicago Overcoat” movie.
He admits he was “stunned” when he arrived on the set of “Chicago Overcoat” and discovered that filmmaker Brain Caunter and his fellow writers on the movie were all in their twenties. “But by the end of the day, they had me convinced they were more than capable — completely professional. And I loved being around all that young energy, you know? Vincent eventually learned that the team, “wrote the script for me, and they contacted me through my manager on imdb. They sent me the script and I loved it. Sure enough, we made a deal and we kept together.”
The drama, in which he plays a mob hitman on his last job, also stars Kathrine Narducci, Stacy Keach and Armand Assante.
Next, Vincent expects to make a big screen comedy called “Fickle” for filmmaker John Gallagher this summer. A changeup from his mob fare, it has him playing the father of two eligible young ladies.
Not that Vincent doesn’t embrace the kind of role with which he is most identified. He’s selling his “mobbleheads,” as in his mafioso bobblehead likeness — bursting with goodfella lines — via his frankvincent.com website.
TOUGH GUY II: Tony Sirico, still remembered as “The Sopranos” tough guy Paulie Walnuts, was among the notables on hand the other night for the New York premiere of IMAX’s “Born to be Wild 3D” — along with the likes of Kristin Davis, Lake Bell, and Dr. Ruth. Sirico is a softie when it comes to animals, especially his beloved race horses. But it was the “Wild” 3D photography of swinging elephant trunks jumping off the screen that got him thinking about the idea of a “Sopranos” feature in IMAX 3D.
“Fuhgeddaboutit, great, unbelieveable!,” joked Sirico at the safari themed after-party at Atlantic Grill. “Can you imagine the reaction when my character gets to wielding his baseball bat on some rat in 3D? That’s the real Bada Bing. It would be like you were a part of Tony’s crew.”
Interesting, yes, but the original was more than real enough for a lot of us.