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Buscemi Trivia

•Steven Vincent Buscemi was born December 13, 1957 in Brooklyn, NY
•His surname is pronounced “Buss-ehm-ee”. He is of Sicilian/Italian   ancestry on his father’s side, and has Irish, English, and Dutch ancestry on his mother’s side
• He pronounces his name as “Bu-semmy”, but the Italian pronunciation is “Bu-shehmy”. He once said about the pronunciation of his name “I had to go to Sicily to find out I pronounce my name wrong.”
• He is adamant about not altering his famously misaligned teeth, saying “I’ve had dentists who have wanted to help me out, but I say, You know, I won’t work again if you fix my teeth.”
• Was on the varsity wrestling team at Valley Stream Central High School, NY
• Went to a Catholic school
• Born on a Friday the 13th
• Modeled for H&M in 2000
• Auditioned for the part of George Costanza on “Seinfeld”
• During the 80’s in New York he performed original theater/comedy pieces with Mark Boone Junior
• Bears such a strong resemblance to writer-director John Waters that as a joke, Waters sent out cards with a photo of Buscemi made up to look like Waters
• His character in “Reservoir Dogs” refuses to tip waitresses. He later made a cameo as a waiter in “Pulp Fiction”
• Was a New York City Firefighter from 1980 to 1984, with Engine Company #55 in the Little Italy section of NY
• Showed up at his old firehouse the day after the World Trade Center tragedy in New York to volunteer. Worked twelve hour shifts for a week after the terrorist act, digging through rubble with his old comrades looking for missing firefighters… anonymously. [Sep 2001]
• Stabbed in the throat, head and arm during a barroom brawl at the Firebelly Lounge in Wilmington, North Carolina. The brawl also involved Vince Vaughn, who was arrested for brutalizing one of Buscemi’s attackers. He suffered a deep cut to the face and now has a noticeable scar on his cheek. Heavy make-up is used to hide it in movies. [12 Apr 2001]
• He went through a variety of interesting jobs before hitting it big as a character actor. He worked as a bartender, drove an ice-cream truck, was a firefighter, and attempted stand-up comedy “I did stand up. I loved George Carlin and Steve Martin”
• In addition to his acting work, he has gained praise as a director, “Trees Lounge”, “Animal Factory”, “Lonesome Jim”, “Interview” and several episodes of “The Sopranos”, “OZ”, and “Nurse Jackie”
• Quotes
• “When I get cast, I always flip to the end of the script to see if my character gets beaten up or killed.”
• “There’s a certain type of character that you can’t help but come in contact with growing up and living Brooklyn and Long Island. A certain mixture of moxie, heart and a wise guy sense of humor.”
• “I just like playing interesting, complex, complicated characters. I like films that also have an element of humor.”

• “I usually get freaked out if I’m in a situation where a lot of people recognize me at once”

anonymous asked:

I work at an airport and today was 9/11. Ours was one of the ones taking in a lot of diverted planes that day, and most of the people I work w remember working that day. A lot of the staff was talking abt it.

On 9/11/01 I was in 5th grade. I remember that day like it was yesterday. The teachers wouldn’t allow us outside for recess. I got in the car after school and my mom ask the teacher if I knew. I just sat there and was thinking, “knew what?! What happened!” They told my mom they didn’t tell any students and wanted parents to be the ones. Mom didn’t say anything to me the entire ride home. I was honestly so scared. We walked in the door and she just turned on the news. I sat there and watched two planes crash into the World Trade Center towers. My 10 year old brain couldn’t fathom the evil. So many families lost someone that day. I’m 25 now and I still don’t understand the evil of this world. But there is still so much love and good and that’s what we all need to strive toward. For those who have lost family in 9/11, I am so sorry and each one of those families are in my thoughts today.


One World Observatory, the observation deck on top of One World Trade Center, opened today and I managed to get in as number 344. :)

It was very moving to see that view again after 16 years (my last visit to the old World Trade Center had been in 1999).

Different from the old one, this observatory has no outdoors facilities, so that there are reflections galors. Nevertheless, an amazing experience.