While many Italian-Americans try to fight Mafia stereotypes, Sopranos alum Vincent Pastore has learned to have fun with his goomba image. In fact, he seems to encourage the assumption that there's a little "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero in his real life. And since he seemed so natural as a shady process server in his latest film Serving Sara (opening Friday) we just had to ask: Has he ever been served a summons himself?
"Don't you think so?" he sarcastically retorts. "I had a previous life before I became an actor! Of course I have [been served]." He won't tell us why the courts required the pleasure of his company, but he hints that it was back when he used to run night clubs.
We'll bet Pastore's hard-boiled New Yawk attitude made quite an impression down in Dallas, Texas, where he filmed most of Sara with co-stars Elizabeth Hurley and Matthew Perry. "The first day I walked into the production office, the girls were a little intimidated," he grins, "but they all walk around with guns down there, so how intimidated could they be?"
He also observed that Dallas already has an intriguing Italian-American population: "There are a lot of people down there in witness protection," Pastore suggests. "The only Italians I met down there were guys who couldn't come back to New York!"
Since having his character killed off in The Sopranos's second season "Big Pussy" literally sleeps with the fishes the actor says he definitely has missed his TV family. But he's moved on. Pastore plays a law-abiding deli owner in his next TV appearance on the Julia Roberts-produced Queens Supreme, debuting next year on CBS. "I get offered maybe three jobs a week to be a wiseguy," he groans. "But I did The Sopranos. I think I would be kidding myself if I played another wiseguy on TV."