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I like horses.
Unless you are absolutely positive that your wife has no connection to the Mafia, even three or four times removed, do yourself a favor and do not bet her in a poker hand.
With wiseguys, you don’t know a guy by his name, only by his nickname. You never asked a guy for his last name.
If you’re an L.C.N. guy, you don’t have facial hair and you don’t have long hair. You have to be neat all the time. It’s the rule.
I was Donnie Brasco, the Mafia guy, in character. But in my head, I was a special agent. I never lost sight of who I was or why I was there.
A good undercover agent stays as close to the truth as possible, as close to your own personality and your own values as possible. This is the way you stay in character – you try to be yourself.
I left a lot of personal stuff out of ‘Donnie Brasco.’
I didn’t try to be a tough guy. I didn’t try to be a big mobster. I was who I was. I didn’t stop doing what I normally did. I worked out. I lifted weights. I ran. That’s what I usually did.
As a teen-ager I played cards, shot craps, played pool, went to the track, hung around social clubs. I knew that some card and crap games were run by the mob, and some social clubs were mob social clubs. Even as a kid I knew guys that were here today, gone tomorrow, never seen again, and I knew what had happened.
Watching the dailies and then watching the… episodes, it really hits you: ‘Damn, I did that?’ I must have been crazy to get into those situations.
What I learned about the mob wasn’t through lectures at the academy.
‘Donnie Brasco’ was 85 percent on the money. The only thing that they slanted was my feelings for Lefty and Sonny’, and this idea that I didn’t want to go through with seeing them in jail. I was never swayed. There was no conflict.
One thing I take great pride in is that my case was the one that started the decline of the Mafia.
‘The Godfather’ is a great movie, but it gives them too much credit. What you don’t see is what really takes place: the in-fighting, the lying to each other, the scheming against each other to get power.
I’m always leery about bumping into somebody. One time I was with my wife in a restaurant, I saw somebody from my undercover days, and I got up and we just walked out.
I grew up in a city, an Italian, knowing what the Mafia was.
In the actual story I got with the Bonannos, but I had dealings with other crime families and other criminals, using the Bonannos as my credibility.
You have to have faith and confidence in yourself, that you are better than the bad guys you’re dealing with. You have to have a lot of patience.
I do a lot of lecturing, at colleges and police schools, and I always get the same questions: ‘Do they really kill you? What do they do with the money? How do you become a wiseguy?’
I was a street guy. I mean, I grew up in an Italian neighborhood with mob guys around. Where I grew up, you gambled, you shot dice, you played cards, you went to the track. So the mob to me was not strange, it was not like I was an F.B.I. agent from Salt Lake City.
I rarely carried a gun undercover.
When you wear a wire, you’re always in danger.