Friends and Romans
Nick DeMaio, (Michael Rispoli) is an aspiring actor who is perpetually typecast as "Gangster # 3" in films about the Mob. In an attempt to be taken seriously, he and his Staten Island buddies decide to stage a play—and not just any play, but Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar"--with Nick as the star. Gathering at odd hours to rehearse, they attract the attention of the Feds, who mistake these good guys for "goodfellas," and assume the play is a cover for criminal activity. Once again typecast as a gangster-- this time in real life--Nick has to prove his mettle, both onstage and off. Boasting a cast that includes no fewer than eight "Sopranos" alumni, the film stars Annabella Sciorra, Tony Sirico, Paul Ben-Victor, Anthony DeSando and Katie Stevens.