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: Was Bugsy Irish?  ( 2011 )
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« : November 13, 2006, 07:16:45 PM »

The bigger mafiosa are the Italians, the street punks are Jews, so is it possible Bugsy was Irish? Him and his gang gave me the impression that they were Irish.

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« #1 : November 13, 2006, 08:37:19 PM »

I don't think so. The usual Noo Yowk stereotype for all cops in this era is that they are Irish, but this isn't the case in OUATIAMERICA. "Fartface" is of no determinate national origin, with the surname "Whitey". He was played by New York born Richard Foronjy, which isn't a very Irish name either and Bugsy's power rests entierly through his protection from arrest by "Fartface". If this is due to to some kind of nationalistic attachment (and tribal loyalties abound in the film, even if they exist only to be shattered), it's not at all spelled out. Sure one of Bugsy's gang has red hair (usually shorthand for a Celtic trait), but so does Fat Mo and Max (though less "ginger").

Also, Bugsy was played by James Russo, who seems to have spent his career playing tough guy Italians and Jews.

Finally, his name "Bugsy" brings to mind the famous Jewish Gangster Bugsy (Benjamin) Segal, who was the main muscle behind "Lucky" Luciano's Syndicate. Both men are buried in the kind of extravegant tombs we see "Max" and co interned in, in OUATIAMERICA. A typical mix of Italian and Jewish criminal gangs familiar from both Leone and Coppola.

« : November 13, 2006, 09:42:08 PM Juan Miranda »

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