Mr. Cellophane

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Dennis Farina (1944-2013)

First James Gandolfini and now him.

I find it interesting when someone goes from a consultant on a movie to playing the part, then parlaying that into a movie career (cf. R. Lee Ermey). Apparently, Farina was a cop in Chicago and consulting on Michael Mann's projects jump-started his acting career.

Perhaps my favorite of his performances (at least, I suppose, until I get around to seeing Midnight Run) is in Big Trouble. As hitman Henry DeSalvo, Farina underplays nicely, showing us a man who just wants to perform a job and, through the ridiculous frustrations that complicate that end, stays calm. (I wish I could upload the 'Joe's Stone Crab' scene, but YouTube let me down. Oh, well.)

He will be missed.


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