On the way home from The Times on Friday night, after having finished the final story of series about the growth of the Louisiana film industry, I heard this lovely episode, "Three Kinds of Deception," on public radio's "This American Life."
Richie Castellano, an ex-con who had 16 lines in "Analyze This," essentially scammed a hamlet in north New York state.
Having gotten a big head by "working with" De Niro -- "The next most exciting thing will be to meet God," Richie tells the reporter -- he told the people of Narrowsburg, N.Y., he was going to film a gangster B-movie there.
Castellano's grandiose belief in himself cost Narrowsburg big.
Give this sad but hilarious story a listen.