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To tapn a program, enter ttw HuaCode number printed wati tie program Wing and the program wW t* aukm*** iwxwtod. For Mamitffen , cal 1-eWM321-VCH or 1-aOO-2f*4-VCR may 11-17,1997 Listings for North-Central and Northwest Kansas MAFIA LORE Impressive cast portrays mobsters in CBS miniseries 'The Last Don' By BOB THOMAS The Associated Press L OS ANGELES — America's insatiable appetite for gangster movies gets a three-course fulfillment in the CBS miniseries based on "The Last Don," a bestselling novel by Mario Puzo. Some might call it "The Godfather Revisited," since it contains all the elements of Puzo's neo-classic: love, revenge, inter-family warfare, executions, lavish living — all under a code of criminal behavior dictated by a supreme boss. This time the don is Danny Aiello (The movies' original Godfather, Marlon Brando, toyed with an offer to play the role. But he could and did refuse). Aiello will be exercising his sinister side from 8 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The rating is TV- 14. The impressive cast of "The Last Don" includes Joe Mantegna, Kirstie Alley, Daryl Hannah, Penelope Ann Miller, Jason Gedrick, k.d. lang, Burt Young, Robert Wuhl and Seymour Cassel. The director is Graeme Clifford. Weeks ago, the movie was filming at the Ambassador Hotel, onetime scene of Academy Award banquets and high life in the Coconut Grove — as well as the Robert Kennedy assassination. The venerable hotel entertained its last guests years ago, but is in constant demand as a film location. Mantegna's trailer was among those near the pool, where movie stars once sunned and bathed. He plays Pippi De Lena, a relatively benevolent member of the Clericuzio family. Mantegna is no stranger to the mafia genre, having appeared in "The Godfather, Part III" and "Bugsy." Mantegna analyzed the appeal of Pu- zo's stories: "The accoutrements are there: the mob world, the action, the violence, and all of that. The story is really about the people and their relationships ... "It's almost Shakespearean, not in style but in plot. Lots of deception, revenge, passion. Just like your average American family, only they eat a little more red sauce." The actor committed to "The Last Don" while Brando was still on board. "Brando is one of the premiere actors of the last 100 years," Mantegna reasoned, "but I don't sit around waiting to see who I'll be playing opposite. In a way, I think Danny is a better choice. In a book that is more or less a sequel to 'The Godfather,' Brando would be kind of playing himself again, but as another person." The Associated Press Joe Mantegna portrays Plppi De Lena, a member of the Clericuzio family, in the CBS mlnlterles "The Last Don," which airs Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Mantegna seems to gravitate to mobster roles. "My 6-year-old says, 'When are you going to play the good guy?' " he laughed. "I keep looking for interesting good guys, and occasionally I find them, like 'Searching for Bobby Fischer' and Woody Allen's'Alice.' " If Mantegna has a special feel for the mob story, it may be because he grew up in Cicero, 111., the legendary capital of Al Capone's empire. "We used to hang out in a pool hall," he recalled. "The pool hall, the barber shop, the coffee shop were all in the same block, and all had the same facade. They were owned by the same or- ganization. "There were a lot of older men hanging out in these places. In the middle of the day, all of our fathers were at work, and these guys were sitting around. Guys would park their cars illegally in front of these places, and nobody got a ticket. It was just understood: you knew who the real wise guys were." Why are gangster movies forever popular? "It's a fantasy world to most people," Mantegna theorized. "1 think they are intrigued by that mixture of affluence, power, passion and heat. Gobbling up life in big chunks. Full speed ahead. Being Italian, I relate to a lot of that."
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