Friday, March 2, 2007

Playing A Mobster Easier Than Meeting One

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Playing a real-life mobster is easier than meeting one in person.

At least that’s the reaction actor Jason Gedrick had after meeting former Miami Beach club owner Chris Troiano, who he plays in the upcoming A&E movie Kings Of South Beach.

Back in the 1990s, Troiano was a former Brooklyn wiseguy who turned himself into a big shot club owner before his past caught up with him.

Researching the role had its difficulties because there wasn’t that much footage on Troiano, and the undercover detective on the set had, as he puts it, “subjective feelings about him, and felt there could not be a scene where [Troiano] is funny, kind or light.”

But the hardest part for Gedrick came after shooting was completed when he ran into Troiano at a Los Angeles club and the mobster told him, “At least they cast someone good looking to play me.”

The two then shook hands and Gedrick admits feeling torn, because, despite everything he knew about the mobster’s bloody past, he “couldn’t help being pulled in.”

Kings Of South Beach, which also stars Donnie Wahlberg, airs March 12.

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