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My days working in mob joints led to making "The Real Casino

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"How my days working in mob joints led to making "The Real Casino" and now "The Real GoodFellas"

Wise guy talk radio is excited to have as it's guest, filmmaker Joseph F. Alexandre to discuss his award winning documentary Back Home Years Ago: The Real Casino- about the real Chicago mobsters who served as the basis for Nicholas Pileggi's book Casino and Martin Scorsese's epic film adaptation. I’m proud to have Joe on my show to discuss his connection to some of the real Chicago 'outfit' wise guys who were the basis for the legendary film as well as the real mob boss from Milwaukee, Frank 'the mad bomber' Balistrieri who was a basis for the composite character Remo Gaggi in Casino. Joe will also discuss his connection to some of the real characters in GoodFellas and his upcoming documentary “I Always Wanted To Be A Gangster”: The Real 'GoodFellas'.  

Nicknamed 'Joey Casino' by some of his paisan, gangster pals, Joe will fill us in on the contrasting reality of the mob life w/ the Hollywood version. What's real and what's not, and despite Scorsese's brilliant depiction of the gangster lifestyle there was more fiction than many people realize. (Not to mention Coppola's The Godfather which isn't even close to reality, not that it was ever intended to be.) This is a must tune in radio event for any mob genre fan and all film lovers out there. Don't miss this special inside view of La Cosa Nostra by someone who lived to tell the tale.