I’ve finally been able to catch up with Joseph R. Gannascoli, after all he is one busy man, between filming and personal appearances, he is one hard person to catch up with. Joe looks great and he is always a pleasure to spend time with. Joe plays the character of Vito Spatafore on The Sopranos and in an earlier episode played the part of Gino, who was in the bakery scene when Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) shot the bakery clerk in the foot. Joe was born in Brooklyn and presently resides in a lovely area called Bay Ridge. This cohesive neighborhood, basking in the shadow of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge is always a pleasure to visit with its quaint shops and wonderful places to eat. Joe is always an interesting person to interview. I’ve come up with some neat questions that I am sure will get Joe, always the comedian, on a roll.
Your character on The Sopranos, Vito Spatafore shot Jackie Aprile, Jr. (Jason Cerbone) in the final episode of season 3, how does it feel to be wanted dead by every young female under the age of 19?
If they want me, they know where to find me
Recently, we took a tour of Coney Island and you met up with some New York City Firemen, do you know them because of the numerous plates of burnt food in your restaurant?
They have saved my life on several occasions
Bacala sat in it first
Who are your favorite cast members to work with?
John Fiore and Steve Schirripa
Did you ever get too into a scene you filmed while doing The Sopranos?Not yet
Tell us about the movie Blowfish?
It was my proudest achievement. I got to play a role that is totally opposite of my personality. It was an honor to co-star with Sonny Marinelli.
Do you still practice Ballet?
Not as much as I used to.
What hobbies do you do in your valuable spare time?
If there were any vehicle that you could own, which one would it be?Rocket fueled skateboard
What acting role would you consider a dream come true?Scarlet O’Hara
You’re going to be stranded on a desert island, you are allowed one piece of clothing, one music album, and one of your favorite dishes, what would be your choice?
Lion cloth, for clothing; album, anything that Steve Van Zandt is on; favorite dish, a blonde
If after you died, you could have a choice of coming back as something else, someone else, or any type of animal, what would be your choice?A Marsupial
Do you have any favorite charities?JR Gannascoli Retirement Fund, all kidding aside, any charity that benefits dogs
What is your favorite soup at your restaurant?
What famous people have you encountered because of The Sopranos?
Mayor Rudolph Guilliani
Fire Commisioner Thomas Von Essen
Paul Moliter (Hall of Fame 3rd baseman)
Junior Nierporent (co owner of Robert De Niro’s Rest)
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