Actor Chazz Palminteri’s father always told him: “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.” He even wrote it down for his baby boy to hold onto. Later, when Palminteri got fired from his job as a club doorman and was down to his last $187, he went to his apartment, saw the note, bought “about five yellow legal-size pads,” and started writing. The story began close to his heart, with an early life experience wherein he witnessed a murder from his stoop in the Bronx. Palminteri wrote and practiced scenes at an actor’s workshop, and by the end of the year, he had an hour and a half of material and a tightly honed one-man show. The show became a hit, De Niro bought the film rights, and Palminteri hit the big screen as a New York... More >>>