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Did You Know?
... that Casino is based on the careers of real people. Robert De Niro's character, Ace Rosenstein, is based on real-life casino boss Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal and Joe Pesci's character, Nicky Santoro, was based on the real-life gangster Tony "The Ant" Spilotro.
... Frank Rosenthal died in 2008. Up until his death he maintained a fascinating website about his life and the characters in Casino. He even answered questions from readers such as this very interesting exchange. Overall he seemed to be happy with the movie although he makes a big point of telling readers he did NOT JUGGLE on his television show. You will find a treasure trove of facts about his life and the movie here. Make sure you check it out.
Q - Dear Mr. Rosenthal, I am an actress in Los Angeles and I am extremely passionate about the work that I do. I am doing a scene in my class from CASINO and I am doing research on Ms. Geri. It would help me so much and I would so much appreciate it if you could tell me about your relationship with her before she started with the drugs and after. She is such a fascinating woman and I am so interested in her story. I thought I'd go right to the source. I know this may be a heated request, but I had to take a shot. Onward! Kirstin Carlstrand LA, CA
A - Heated request, not at all Kirstin. Geri has always been a popular and intriguing women, before and after. I would invite you to check out the archives on "Frankly Speaking." I recall some questions and answers that may be helpful towards your goal. Geri's story reads like a book, deep and long. Had she attempted to conquer her addictions her future could have been unlimited. She had all the right stuff going for her. Beauty, charm, brains, you name it, she had it. Good sense of humor, well spoken, the Bell of the Ball. Like most marriages ours ran hot and cold, smooth to rough. As I've mentioned in the past, Geri loved life in the fast lane, bullet speed. She was capable of striking friendships in a New York second. Women, not just men admired her beauty, poise and unique presence. Someone once said, "Nobody Beats The Bottle." Add "red devils," uppers and downers and you have a major catastrophe waiting to happen. Sharon Stone's portrayed Geri quite well considering the fact that her knowledge of the character was undeniably limited. Sharon and I had mutually agreed to continue a dialogue before and during principal photography. Unfortunately that became derailed due in part to the director Martin Scorsese and minor contractual delays. The fine author and screenwriter Nick Pileggi did have a good understanding of Geri, but to my knowledge the advantage was never utilized. Add Hollywood super star, Mr. Robert De Niro to the same list, he too had a distinct sense of what Geri was all about. Then there was Ruth Scott, friend and full time housekeeper who knew Geri as well as anyone. Ruth respectfully declined to be interviewed. Hence, you have a genius Hollywood director that failed to capture reality when it was right at his finger tips. The great one, Martin Scorsese struck out looking rather than swinging. So did Joe DiMaggio, swinging, not looking! Good Luck. FR.
... You can listen to the filmakers talk about Casino and learn that Martin Scorsese knew that the studio did not want the film to be a 3 hour movie (the running time is 178 minutes) but that he thinks he made it a "fast three hours".
... Can you spot the Las Vegas comedians in Casino?. They aren't telling jokes here. Alan King plays Andy Stone the head of the Teamsters, Don Rickles is the casino manager Billy Sherbert and Dick Smothers is the Senator.
.. Facts about the casino in Casino. The casino in the movie was called The Tangiers in real life it was The Stardust which was demolished in 2007. The film was shot on location at The Rivera in Las Vegas.
Casino On Location
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
In the early 1960's, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce developed the idea of the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." The sidewalks of the most famous streets in the heart of Hollywood were lined with "stars" recognizing celebrities' life-long contributions to the entertainment industry. Receiving a star is still to this day considered a huge honor. Here's where you can find the stars of Casino celebs Sharon Stone, James Woods and Don Rickles:
Walk of Fame Star (Motion Pictures)
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Walk of Fame Star (Motion Pictures)
7021 Hollywood Blvd.
Walk of Fame Star (Live Theater)
6834 Hollywood Blvd.