January 20, 2006

WAIT, IT'S HIS THING?:

Harry Reid Is Not Boring: Has Scorsese fictionalized your U.S. senator? (Chris Suellentrop, Dec. 22, 2004, Slate)

Reid may not be the most colorful figure in Washington, but his career is far more interesting than that of the average senator. In politics, Nevada is the next best thing to Louisiana. To take just one example, is there another U.S. senator who has been part of the inspiration for a character in a Martin Scorsese film? (A character played by Dick Smothers, no less.) In Casino, Robert DeNiro's character melts down in front of the Nevada Gaming Commission after the commission denies him a license to operate a casino. The scene is loosely based on a December 1978 hearing when Reid was the commission's chairman, and some of the dialogue spoken by Smothers is taken directly from Reid's words during the hearing. (The rest of the scenes involving Smothers, who plays a composite politician known only as "Senator," have nothing to do with Reid.) OK, it's lackluster Scorsese, but at least it's not Gangs of New York. And there are other Reid echoes in Casino: Joe Pesci's character refers to a "Mr. Cleanface," which gangster Joe Agosto said was his nickname for an in-his-pocket Reid, but a five-month investigation of Agosto's claims cleared Reid of wrongdoing.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 20, 2006 1:04 PM
Comments

A five-month investigation by whom, I wonder?

Posted by: erp at January 20, 2006 1:55 PM

I thought that it was Coppola who fictionalized Senator Geary, oops, Reid.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at January 20, 2006 6:12 PM
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