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Who's Sorry Now?: The True Story of a Stand-up Guy

Who's Sorry Now?: The True Story of a Stand-up Guy
Your Price: $21.99 CDN
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Author: Joe Pantoliano
Publisher: Plume Books
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 320
Pub. Date: 2003
ISBN-10: 0452283809
ISBN-13: 978045228380

About the Book:

HARD TO FIND BOOK, only a very limited number of copies are still available.

As one of today's best-known character actors, Joe Pantoliano boasts over 100 film, television, and stage credits. Joey Pants, as he is affectionately known, tells his story of growing up in a real-life "Sopranos" family. Tough, outspoken, but with a charming side, too, Joey relates the fascinating story of one street-smart kid's convoluted journey to Hollywood.

Everyone knows him as he psychopathic mobster "Ralph Cifaretto" on the HBO hit show The Sopranos. But before "Tony," "Carmela," "Silvio," and "Dr. Melfi" took Sunday-night television by storm, Joe Pantoliano has been revered and honoured for his unique and entertaining portrayals – including killer pimp "Guido" in Risky Business, bumbling criminal "Francis Fratelli" in The Goonies, double-crossing bail bondsman "Eddie Moscone" in Midnight Run, cynical US Marshall "Cosmo Renfro" in The Fugitive, turncoat "Cypher" in The Matrix, and shady sidekick "Teddy" in Memento. Now, the street-smart kid who grew up in Frank Sinatra's hometown shares the stage with the eccentric and colourful wise guys from his family and neighbourhood.

Fade in on the projects of Hoboken, New Jersey, during the fifties and sixties. That's little Joey, running numbers with his chain-smoking mother, Mary, so they can keep a roof over their heads. When he wasn't busy staying one step ahead of the bill collectors, he was learning the ropes from "Cousin" Florie: his "stepfather" and a wise guy whose connections to the Genovese family couldn't keep him out of jail for drug trafficking. Then there was Joey's real father, "Monk," a factory worker with a weakness for gambling at the track who was later reborn as a hearse chauffeur for the local funeral parlour.

With a winning blend of humour, charm, and pure showmanship, Joe Pantoliano tells it like it was. From a connected Jersey street kid to a successful Hollywood actor who would, ironically, re-create his wise-guy boyhood in role after role, Who's Sorry Now is an irresistibly entertaining treat for anyone interested in this true-life "Soprano" and a real stand-up guy.

What people say:

"A rollicking good read from this extraordinarily talented young man who sings all the notes from basso profundo to soprano and leaves us laughing." — Malachy McCourt, the great Irish actor and writer

"Who's Sorry Now makes you wish he'd write as frank a book about Hollywood as he has about Hoboken." — Entertainment Weekly

"Pantoliano, who has appeared in more than sixty movies, including Memento and The Matrix, touchingly details his escape from a real world of crime." — Daily News

"Joey Pants tells a colorful, often funny tale that even comes with a happy ending." — Associated Press

"Hugely entertaining." — Booklist (starred review)

About the Author:

Joseph Peter "Joe" Pantoliano is an Emmy Award-winning American actor, producer, and mental health activist. Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, he moved to New York after high school where he attended HB Studio, and studied extensively with Herbert Bergoff and eventually John Lehne, while waiting tables. Meanwhile, he landed the plum role of Billy Bibbitt in the travelling stage production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Four years later, he headed to Los Angeles. After cutting his teeth on several television sitcoms and TV movies, he transformed himself into a prominent and prolific character performer who went on to appear in some of Hollywood's biggest films.