The stars were out at country music star Lisa Matassa’s record premier, among them Joe Gannascoli, known for his popular role as Vito on the award winning series, The Sopranos. While a crowd of celebrities and music fans stopped on the red carpet for pictures and interviews, Gannascoli took a time out to talk some sports with Jared Ginsberg of ClassActSports.com.
The Brooklyn native spoke about Opening Day and his favorite team, the New York Yankees, saying
“I was at an event today…but I listened to it on the radio. So I guess [Rafael] Soriano came in and set up, and you know, you get spoiled having Mariano [Rivera] as a reliever. When he’s gone, it’s gonna be a sad day because he’s been pretty much automatic his whole career.”
While the Yankees seemed to be a perennial pick to win the American League East over the past few years, many analysts have given Boston the early edge due to a solid starting rotation and offseason acquisitions of players such as Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford. Gannascoli commented on his thoughts and hopes for the early 2011 baseball season.
“Like with any sport, it’s always depth and injuries, and how they’re able to deal with those, because they inevitably happen in any sport. The [Red] Sox are a stronger team, but when those two things come into play, we’ve seen it a million times. I was at the [New York] Giants [Super Bowl] parade with 18-1 on my forehead, so I don’t make any predictions; I just want until it plays out, that’s the beauty of it,” he said.
Gannascoli has remained busy on and off the screen since The Sopranos went off the air in 2007, continuing his passion for cooking at his Brooklyn restaurant, Soup as Art, and continuing to promote his culinary influenced novel, A Meal to Die For.
“I continue to do signings for my cookbook novel [A Meal to Die For], I was a chef for many years, and I have wrapped four movies, independent films. [I’m] waiting hopefully to start, I’m waiting if I get the word, it’s a big movie coming out, you know, one of those blockbuster ones,” he stated.
The Sopranos followers will recall his character, Vito’s demise towards the end of the series, and Gannascoli was quick to dispel any rumors about the blockbuster film being an extension of the HBO program.
“No, well it wouldn’t matter to me, [Vito’s] dead,” he said with a smile.
Look for Gannascoli in a number of upcoming independent films throughout 2011, and his novel is on sale at retailers now. Visit JoeSoup.com for further information, and keep your eyes peeled for more exclusive interviews and coverage at Class Act Sports.
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