Steve Buscemi: Actor, Real American Hero.

Steve Buscemi is one of my favorite actors. He actually started in stand up but felt lonely. So he went into acting so he could perform with other people. Is that the most loveable thing you’ve ever heard? I want to carry that little story around in my pocket. I’d press it against my face and snack on it when I’m feeling blue. Kind of like Teddy Grahams. That’s how everybody eats Teddy Grahams right?

I feel a personal connection to Steve Buscemi. We both grew up on Long Island and then when we were older moved to the same neighborhood in Brooklyn. Also we both like great directors. Buscemi has worked for Scorsese, Rodriguez, Tarantino, Coen Brothers, Tim Burton and John Carpenter. We both stayed on that Adam Sandler bandwagon way longer than most cool people should have too. Oh Mr. Deeds.

If you need more convincing why Steve Buscemi is worthy of our attention here on Hooplaha, I’ve got a story. He used to be FDNY. If that’s still not enough of a reason, he retired from the FDNY but came back to his Little Italy firehouse after 9/11. He spent a week working 12 hour shifts looking through the rubble. That’s not a guy talking about doing something on TV or playing a role on Rescue Me. He rolled up his sleeves and helped out firefighters. After 9/11. In about 500 words I’m going to jokingly call myself a hero but Steve Buscemi is the real deal. Steve Buscemi makes me hooplaha. He makes me hooplaha so hard. These are my favorite of his roles.

  1. Boardwalk Empire. Buscemi has said himself this is the biggest role of his career. First time he’s been the main attraction in a big budget series or film in his life. Scorsese directed the first episode and it’s been great from there.
  2. Ed and His Dead Mother. Early in his career and he’s the star . It’s great how weird this was. It’s like a crazy dream. That’s what the whole movie feels like. I love it.
  3. Desperado. A typical Buscemi role. He is magnificently weird and funny. Then he gets killed. Salma Hayek makes me hooplaha pretty hard too.
  4. Airheads. An underrated comedy. Buscemi is playing for laughs but still manages to keep this thing grounded by being believably menacing.
  5. The Wedding Singer. He’s been in a bunch of Sandler movies. This is my favorite of those roles. He opens the movie giving a drunk, embarrassing wedding toast. Been there by the way. And in the end of the movie he redeems himself and becomes the new wedding singer.
  6. Con Air. He’s been creepy in a lot of things. This is as creepy as he ever got. Straight crazy. There was a real collection of wacky characters in this. I bet they planned on using Nicolas Cage as their straight man. Then he shows up all pumped up with that haircut and that ridiculous accent. They must have been tripping all over themselves to get John Cusack to come and be normal. Man, this movie is terrible. Fun though. Super Steve kills it.
  7. Escape From LA. You want to see crazy? Map of the Stars Eddie. Cuervo Jones. Snake Plissken. Utopia and Pipeline. Those are characters names in this movie. He dies in this too.
  8. The Big Lebowski. Con Air was terrible but I put it on the list because of how good Steve Buscemi was in it. The Big Lebowski is a great movie. He isn’t good in it. He isn’t bad either. It’s a role for him to be nothing. Which he does well. Maybe that’s why I like him. We both do nothing so well. He sets up other characters. And guess what? He dies. Let’s go bowling.
  9. Big Fish. My favorite movie on the list. He plays a writer who can’t write anymore because he is so happy. Something to aspire to. They filmed almost the entire movie in Alabama. I knew a girl from Alabama. I wanted to get her all the daffodils in the state like Edward Bloom. I never did, but maybe she was allergic. Not getting her all those daffodils might have saved her life. I’m basically a hero.
  10. Fargo. Steve Buscemi gets killed off in a lot of his movies. This is his most famous death but it is often misremembered. Steve didn’t die in the wood chipper. His dead body was just disposed of in one.


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