What has Furio from the Soprano's Been up to Lately?
Photo by Ken Kelsch
Five years ago Michael Ricigliano had an idea for a script, and decided he never wanted to lament what might have been. Taking care of his part from his basement as a Long Island lawyer, the old adage of who you know got him to the next step. “I think he read my script more as a courtesy to our mutual friend,” said Ricigliano of Federico Castelluccio, who played Furio on the Sopranos. Of course, being able to write what he knew proved the most important factor in forever keeping any regrets at bay.
“My father would tell me all the stories of what it was like to grow up in Brooklyn,” says Ricigliano, and that helped provide the backstory he tapped into in creating The Brooklyn Banker, which sat Castelluccio in the director’s chair for both the short and the new feature.