The forged of Goodfellas is made up of among the most celebrated actors ever to be within the motion pictures, with the late Ray Liotta starring as real-life mobster Henry Hill, who hobnobs with mafia dons performed by Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. But it surely was Christopher Serrone who stole lots of the early scenes, taking part in the youthful model of the child “who all the time wished to be a gangster.” Whereas he did not make as many motion pictures in his youth as different child actors who had been his friends, his one main childhood function was an enormous one, amongst many heavy hitters. Serrone, now 45, has caught round within the leisure enterprise, regardless of having a tough time discovering roles post-Goodfellas. Learn on to seek out out what else he is been as much as since starring within the 1990 traditional.
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Whereas Henry Hill known as Brooklyn residence, Serrone grew up in Queens, New York. And he advised The Each day Mail in 2015 that starring in Goodfellas did not precisely impress his neighbors. “I would not say I grew up all the time scared, however after filming Goodfellas each man at highschool, junior excessive, in my neighborhood and in different neighborhoods wished to be those to beat me up,” he defined. He additionally mentioned that collaborating in boxing and Taekwondo applications for youths helped him maintain his personal and defend himself.
Serrone handled the unexpectedly unfavorable consequence to his large break for some time after the film got here out, even into maturity.
“Once I turned 18 I might been in at the least a couple of hundred fights. My mother was scared and fearful after I’d exit at night time. ‘There was a time, for about 4 or 5 years, the place I might be out at a bar and I might hear ‘Oh, actually?’ After which a man would seem and say, ‘So that you assume you are so and so, do ya? The place are your mob buddies now?’ There was undoubtedly numerous that,” he recalled to the outlet.
Though he earned a fame on the streets of Queens for taking part in the younger mobster turned FBI informant, Serrone had hassle touchdown different roles afterwards. The actor, who first obtained his begin doing modeling jobs as a child, was reportedly up for characters comparable to Charlie Simms in Scent of a Girl, which finally went to Chris O’Donnell; Jack Kelly in Newsies, which went to Christian Bale; and Calogero Anello in A Bronx Story, which Lillo Brancato landed. A 2010 profile in The Columbian notes that Serrone did do performing work within the stretch between onscreen credit, together with an Off-Broadway play and 4 episodes of a TV sequence that sadly by no means aired. Lastly, in 2011, he returned to the flicks with a starring function in Pathfinders: Within the Firm of Strangers, and has since additionally appeared in A Sturdy Collected Spirit and final yr’s The Households Feud. He additionally has 4 initiatives upcoming, together with the mob-themed TV sequence, Ok-City.
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Serrone has mentioned that filming Goodfellas was an incredible expertise and that he all the time felt like a part of a household. “It was virtually like having 20 dads on set,” he advised The Columbian of the remainder of the forged.
He is nonetheless particularly shut with De Niro, who performed Henry mentor’s Jimmy Conway. Chatting with The Each day Mail, Serrone recounted a time round Christmas when he was out in New York Metropolis together with his mom and grandmother and noticed the older actor on the road. “I mentioned, ‘Oh my God, Bobby, how are you? I am sorry to cease you whilst you’re purchasing however I simply wished to cease and say hello,'” he remembers. “And he goes, ‘Oh it is OK, no worries, how are you, Christopher?’ After which he turned and mentioned, ‘Hello mother,’ and appeared within the automobile and mentioned, ‘Hello Grandma.'”
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Serrone has 4 youngsters of his personal nowadays and shares the occasional glimpse into his household life on Instagram. He additionally shares numerous behind-the-scenes content material from fan occasions and conventions he attends to have fun Goodfellas. And, in case you’re out there for some memorabilia, you are in luck, as a result of he additionally auctions off autographed Goodfellas merchandise.