I was working on an essay for the upcoming One
More Robot number 12 (http://issuu.com/onemorerobot/docs/issue11) about one
of my favorite filmmakers, the always gruff Abel Ferrara. While The King of New York (1990) and The Bad Lieutenant (1992) are two of my
favorite films, I also have a soft spot for Fear
City (1984) which co-starred underrated Billy Dee Williams as a Times
Square cop with a nasty attitude trying to solve the murder of Times Square strippers.
of the things I’ve always loved about living in New York City
is how we can often run into our cultural heroes on the street, in restaurants
or in the living room of some Greenwich Village
dwelling weed dealer. That said, in 1996, I had the pleasure of meeting Abel
Ferrara at a wrap party for Spike Lee’s Get
on the Bus.
party was at a midtown Manhattan
nightclub called the Supper Club and when I saw him, he was standing upstairs
looking like Ratzo Rizzo from Midnight
Cowboy with his arms wrapped around Annabella Sciorra. In pure fan boy
style, I walked over to him and began gushing about how much I loved The King of New York and The Bad Lieutenant.
like he was high on something, he shook my hand and mumbled, “Thank you, man,”
in a voice that reminded me of Tom Waits. There was a small pause and then Ferrara asked, “You want to
come with us over to the bar.” For the next half-hour, he, me and Sciorra stood
at the bar talking like old drinking buddies.