Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Buscemi as City Mascot

I've been seeing Steve Buscemi around the neighborhood lately -- in line at a bagel shop, waiting with the morning rush crowd on the 7th Ave. subway platform. He strikes me as the ideal New York celebrity, meaning that he stands out about as much as a squirrel does in Prospect Park. He's small(ish), and in person his features don't pop out quite like they do on screen (or rather, they probably do, but so do those of most of the Average Joes surrounding him). As this New York Times article points out, "His characters are usually wild-eyed, with flecks of spittle at the corner of their mouth and a manner that suggests they may have a gun in their pocket." See what I mean? The typical New Yorker.


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