Sunday, July 01, 2007

Watch out for Richie

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.

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