"Do you know who I am? I'm Moe Greene! I made my bones when you were going out with cheerleaders!"
In The Hollywood Kid's half-hour chat, we learned about the special effects that went into the massage table scene when a hitman ruined Moe Greene's eyeglasses. We also hear revealing stories about how Marlon Brando treated film crew members and studio heads. The acting legend was the star of The Godfather. Robert Evans was a Paramount production chief at the time the film was being made. I was a kid growing up in Los Angeles at the time. I loved reading the entertainment columns in The Los Angeles Times and other newspapers with the casting and other production updates on that Francis Ford Coppola film. The industry buzz, if you can believe it, was that The Godfather was destined to be one big flop.
We hear how the Moe Greene role changed Rocco's career. Other highlights of the interview include Rocco talking about another movie he made, a crime drama that he calls a "great film." I've never seen 1973's The Friends of Eddie Coyle but I recall reading rave reviews of it. Robert Mitchum was the star. Mitchum received one Oscar nomination and it came early in his film career. He was a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee for 1945's Story of G.I. Joe, a drama about our fighting men in World War II. I read film critic articles that said Mitchum should've been a Best Actor nominee for the 1973 crime drama Alex Rocco did with him. Rocco tells a cool story about meeting the man he calls a "fantastic actor." Mitchum was an under-appreciated actor who had one cool walk. Watch him walk through New York in the opening credits of 1962's Two for the Seesaw. Witness his versatility in Out of the Past (1947), The Night of the Hunter (1955), The Sundowners (1960) and The List of Adrian Messenger (1963). That last film is an all-star brain tease mystery directed by John Huston that doesn't get much mention. But, trust me, Robert Mitchum is brilliant in it. I must see The Friends of Eddie Coyle.
Alex Rocco's extensive list of film and TV credits includes sitcoms such as The Facts of Life, Murphy Brown and The Golden Girls in which he got his arms around Bea Arthur.
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Mike's show aired Saturday morning, April 18th. He has another show coming up on May 16th. He needs to repeat his show with Alex Rocco. It rocks.
One last thing -- near the end of the interview, Mike does lines from The Godfather with Rocco. Not only was it a fun, spontaneous moment, you hear that Mike Di Stasio should audition for voiceover work in national radio commercials. And he could surely handle a few lines in films or TV shows being shot in the Boston area.
He's a talented guy. Probably more talented than he knows. A good, imaginative and reputable Boston agent should call him in for a meeting.