The NY Film Critics Fall Series ended its 8 week Paramus series with the movie, “The Wannabe.” The movie is based on true events taking place during the 1990s in New York City. The movie follows Vincent Piazza, who plays Thomas, a man who idolizes Jon Gotti.After meeting and falling in love with Rose, (Patricia Arquette) Thomas takes his mafia obsession to the next level. The two go on a drug infused crime spree robbing several local Mafia hangouts.
Following the screening, Peter Travers hosted a live discussion with Vincent Piazza.
While working in finance, a co-worker suggested that Vincent should get into acting. He began acting and has had many successful roles since, including, his role as Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys and his role as Lucky Luciano in Boardwalk Empire.
Vincent explained that the movie was based on threads of true stories, including the real Rose and Thomas, who had been involved in stealing from several people during these mafia card games.
The movie was filmed in 30 different locations over the course of 20 days during November and December.
Vincent began shooting “The Wannabe” immediately after “Jersey Boys.” In preparation for the movie, Vincent and Patricia spent a lot of time together. The two had great chemistry in this movie as their worlds collided and led down a dark path.
This movie shows an interesting point of view from an outsider wanting to be in with the mafia crowd he idolizes.