Who's Sorry Now: The True Story of a Stand-Up Guyby Joe Pantoliano
Everyone knows him as Ralph Cifaretto on the HBO hit show The Sopranos. But before Tony, Carmela, Silvio, and Dr. Melfi took Sunday-night television by storm, Joe Pantoliano was one of America's busiest actors, giving unforgettable performances in such films as Memento, The Matrix, The Fugitive, and Risky Business. Now, the street-smart kid who grew up in Sinatra's hometown shares the stage with the eccentric and colorful wise guys from his family and neighborhood.
Fade in on the projects of Hoboken, New Jersey, during the fifties and sixties. That's little Joey, running numbers with his chain-smoking mother, Mary, so they can keep a roof over their heads. When he wasn't busy staying one step ahead of the bill collectors, he was learning the ropes from "Cousin" Florie: his "stepfather" and a wise guy whose connections to the Genovese family couldn't keep him out of jail for drug trafficking. Then there was Joey's real father, "Monk," a factory worker with a weakness for gambling at the track who was later reborn as a hearse chauffeur for the local funeral parlor.
With a winning blend of humor, charm, and pure showmanship, Pantoliano tells it like it was. From a connected Jersey street kid to a successful Hollywood actor who would, ironically, re-create his wise-guy boyhood in role after role, Who's Sorry Now is an irresistibly entertaining treat for anyone interested in this true-life "Soprano" and a real stand-up guy.
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Meet the Author
- New York, New York and Hoboken, New Jersey
- Date of Birth:
- September 12, 1951
- Place of Birth:
- Hoboken, New Jersey
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This is a vivid account of Mr. Pantoliano's formative years against a backdrop which, to the urban-bred, is perversely pastoral. While the author at the same time charmed and chilled me with accounts of his family life, I felt myself hypnotized into a state of wholly unjustified nostalgia about my own rats-and-asphalt upbringing. I gobbled this up in a matter of hours, re-read it immediately and hope the *#!& he writes another one soon!
This a good book about a good actor. Joey Pants has a writing style that is very laid back and yet in your face. I've never been out to that part of the country but he sure painted a very vivid picture. Joey Pants should add great writer to his resume.
This is a sorry book about a sorry family and sorry individuals. I'm sure there are people like this but I would be a sorry person to recomend this book full of vulgarities. The f--- is used to the point of inefectivness. Hell everyone has heard it and is no longer shocked.F--- it!
Being the same age as ¿Joey Pants¿ and living in Hoboken this brought a lot of memories back to me. Especially the stories about the train cars. All I can say is Joey ¿is¿ one stand up guy and he delivers the goods in this book. And yes Joey, the hot comb was not a good idea!
This book was excellent. The descriptions he gives of Hoboken back in the day I can see it all in my minds eye. I can totally relate to this book