The Real Reason We Don’t Hear About Joe Pesci Anymore

The Real Reason We Don’t Hear About Joe Pesci Anymore


Joe Pesci is one of the all-time great and
versatile character actors.
He played Jake Lamotta’s brother and manager
in Raging Bull the psychopathic Tommy DeVito
in Goodfellas, and had legendary roles in
Home Alone, My Cousin Vinny, and the Lethal
Weapon franchise.
Pesci was a welcome presence on the big screen
for decades who could successfully handle
high drama and humor.
“But I’m funny how?
I mean, funny like I’m a clown, I amuse you?”
But lately, we haven’t heard much from the
Oscar-winner, while his talents have been
sorely missed.
Here are some of the reasons Joe Pesci’s been
off the radar in recent years.
Early retirement
In 1999, when his acting career was still
very much alive, Pesci announced he’d largely
retire from the biz in order to pursue his
first love: music.
Now, while a lot of actors decide to record
an album or take a role in a Broadway musical
just because they can, Pesci actually has
some chops.
In the ’60s, he was the guitarist for the
band Joey Dee and the Starliters, a position
he vacated to a slightly better guitarist
named Jimi Hendrix.
In 1968, he released an album called Little
Joe Sure Can Sing! under the stage name of
Joe Ritchie.
He even introduced the two musicians who’d
go on to form the Four Seasons — but then
his acting career took off, and music went
on the back burner for 30 years.
Pesci’s retirement came just after the release
of a bizarre LP called Vincent LaGuardia Gambini
Sings Just for You.
Something of a novelty project, the title
is derived from the name of Pesci’s My Cousin
Vinny character.
Guess that whole “be a good lawyer” thing
didn’t work out for ol’ Vinny, huh?
Just for friends
Every once in awhile, Pesci pops out of retirement
for an acting gig here and there, but there’s
usually a good reason for it.
For example, Pesci is still very close friends
with Robert De Niro.
Over the course of four decades, they’ve starred
in a number of movies together, among which
are the best of both actors’ storied careers
like Raging Bull, Casino, and Goodfellas,
the latter of which netted Pesci the Academy
Award for Best Supporting Actor and what may
be the shortest Oscar acceptance speech in
history.
“It was my privilege.
Thank you.”
It’s his bond with De Niro that led to Pesci’s
only major role of note since 2000: a cameo
in The Good Shepherd, the 2006 movie that
was also Robert De Niro’s directorial debut.
Other than that, Pesci’s only been seen in
the 2010 brothel drama Love Ranch, which combines
both boxing and the gambling scenes for which
he’s famed, and a 2011 Snickers commercial
in which he played himself.
“Whattya lookin at?”
“I wasn’t, I mean, I’m not looking at anything.”
“We’re not good enough for you.
You lookin’ for something else?”
Losing interest
Now that we know he’s semi-retired and only
comes out of hiding for a role once in awhile,
let’s talk about why.
A glance at his résumé reveals very few
movies after the classic Casino was released
in 1995, and what he was being offered really
couldn’t compete with his best films.
Remember 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag?
Or Gone Fishin’?
Pesci’s last major movie was the 1998 sequel
Lethal Weapon 4, which earned him a Razzie
Award nomination for Worst Supporting Actor
for reprising his role as the obnoxious informant
Leo Getz.
Those movies, and his subsequent walk away
from Hollywood, reflects a comment Pesci made
to the New York Times in 1992:
“I love to star in movies, but I want to have
good roles.
It doesn’t help to get starring roles in something
that’s no good.
I mean, that will just kill you.”
Besides, how could any subsequent role possibly
compete with what he’s already done?
“What the f— is this?
Where’s this f—ing guy gonna land, the fairway?”
Gains and losses
Even after Pesci retired, he was still willing
to take on a big role if it all the factors
aligned.
Around 2011, he was set for a major supporting
role in a film about the Gambino crime family
with John Travolta attached to star as John
Gotti, and Pesci set to portray Gotti’s friend
and personal “enforcer,” Angelo Ruggiero.
Ruggiero was a big guy, so Pesci dutifully
gained 30 pounds for the role.
Then he was reportedly dropped into a smaller
part — and offered a reduced salary.
Surely, he must have had some choice words
for the execs who came to him with that.
“Without me, you, personally, every f—ing
wise guy still around, will take a f—ing
piece of your *beep* ass!”
Pesci ultimately committed his ire to paper
and filed suit against the production company,
ending in an undisclosed settlement in 2013.
And the Gambino movie still hasn’t been filmed,
with or without Pesci.
But that wasn’t the only legal entanglement
he’s found himself in …
The ex-wife, the hitman, and the attorney
Pesci was married to model-actress Claudia
Haro from 1988 to 1992, with whom he had a
daughter.
They must have remained on good terms, because
Haro’s acting career started after the divorce,
and of the five movies she appeared in, four
were Pesci films.
Pesci also stood by her side during a very
bizarre legal matter.
After her split from Pesci, Haro married Hollywood
stuntman Garrett Warren.
But things soured in 1999…and about a year
later, Warren was shot by a stranger at the
front door of his home in Westlake Village,
California.
It took years to figure out who shot him,
but some evidence uncovered in the trunk of
a car in a drug bust — directions to Warren’s
house and his photograph — set police off
and running, and they eventually figured out
that Haro had paid the assailant, a hitman,
to kill her ex-husband.
She later hired another hitman to finish the
job.
During her 2012 trial, during which she was
free on $1.25 million bail, Haro brought a
huge entourage to the courtroom each day,
including a nun dressed all in white…and
her other ex-husband, Joe Pesci, dressed all
in black.
Haro plead no contest and was sentenced to
just over 12 years in prison.
While during a preliminary hearing, a witness
strongly implied that Pesci had paid for Haro’s
hit against Warren.
Police interviewed him and searched his property
and found him absolutely unrelated to the
crime.
Time for a comeback?
Legal lunacy aside, there’s always a chance
Pesci might re-emerge.
In the summer of 2016, he made a surprise
appearance at Spike TV’s Guys Choice Awards
alongside De Niro to induct GoodFellas into
the “Guy Movie Hall of Fame.”
De Niro mentioned a long-gestating movie called
The Irishman, which Martin Scorsese had been
trying to get off the ground for years, but
remained stalled in part because he wanted
it to star not just De Niro, but the elusive
Pesci.
“That’s if Joe has any more f— left in him,
so… so far all he keeps saying is go f—
yourself.”
Finally, in early 2017, Netflix paid $105
million for the global rights to the film,
and it’ll supposedly be available in 2019.
Could this be the start of Pesci’s return?
Well … maybe.
“You insulted me just a little bit.
Just a little bit, insulted me.
You know?
Just a little bit.
It’s okay though, I’m used to it.”
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100 thoughts on “The Real Reason We Don’t Hear About Joe Pesci Anymore”

  1. Miss you Joe. Lethal weapon would have been dry and just another repeat without you. Waiting for a comedy movie staring and directed by you.

  2. For the record, Pesci's Oscars acceptance speech was the 6th shortest in Academy history. The shortest was Patty Duke in 1963, who simply said "Thank You".

  3. Pesci is alright, rolls with the punches. DeNiro is a douchebag, has been, and shouldn't be involved in politics.
    I get it, they're people too, I understand. But it seems something's wrong with Bob. If he took a few more cues from his buddy Joe, he'd be a happier and much less hated douchebag.

  4. 4.27 min – Pesci was married from 1998 to 1992 – wow he can go back in time – no wonder we cant see him anymore He has been traveling in time lol

  5. He dodged a bullet with not being in Gotti. That movie was horrible and a flop. Direct to streaming

  6. The guy is in his 70s and is worth about $50 million. I wouldn't be putting on a tie everyday and going to work, either.

  7. Maybe time career a shooter with maybe your careers in the shiter because you're friends with Robert De Niro know that crazy f*** f*** him he's a piece of s*** and maybe that's why your f**** careers in the shitters being around a f**** s*** head like him

  8. Sir, that first album Pesci released was 51 years ago. That's why you don't hear from him. He has one foot in the grave already.

  9. Joseph Frank Pesci is an American actor, comedian and singer who is known for portraying tough, volatile characters in a variety of genres and for his collaborations with Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese in the films Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and Casino and the upcoming The Irishman. Wikipedia

    Born: February 9, 1943 (age 76 years), Newark, NJ

    Height: 5′ 4″

    Spouse: Claudia Haro (m. 1988–1992)

    Albums: Vincent LaGuardia Gambini Sings Just for You, Little Joe Sure Can Sing!

    Children: Tiffany Pesci

  10. These videos are moronic! Why we dont hear from actors ummm because they aren't popular anymore. Wow simple answer without a making a video about it.

  11. I meet Joe at his Subway sandwiches in a mall in Michigan, that's when I proposed a the Snickers commercial to him, he laughed and said that's funny ,I told him that it would be a 49.5 ,to 50.5 split he would get the 50.5 and I would get the 49.5 since he knows who to talk to. Instead took the money ey and the credit

  12. Robert De Niro's directorial debut was not "The Good Shepherd" (2006), It was "A Bronx Tale" (1993).

  13. One of Pesci's best performances was "David Ferrie" in the film, JFK. But, for some reason, that performance wasn't mentioned here.

  14. The real reason is Joe pesci once kissed a man in Van couver and then he got raped in a Uber he used both his hands but you don't understand that Joe pesci know crows like a rooster. ( Cock-a-doodle-doo)

  15. Simple. He is a billion years old. It's tough to believe a old age pensioner is an indestructible bad ass

  16. It is because Joe Pesci got AIDS from a glory hole in a men's restroom at a truck stop in Broken Bow, OK.

  17. Goodfellas Casino and Home Alone 1 and 2 is good enough he can retire off that…. let the man be he’s had other good movies but the ones I mentioned were great and classics at that!

  18. I heard all the stories of him beeing an douche but i LOVE his acting-skills. He give me the laughs as Harry from Home Alone and he gives me even more the Creeps as a raging, violent mobster in Good Fellas or Casino. Seriously i adore him but i dont had the guts to ask for an autograph if would see him, to much fear to get beat into a bloody mess^^

  19. "My Cousin Vinny"! Vintage now, but still a great flick to watch. He's solid funny! Favorite scene was when he was sleeping out in the car because the town was too noisy and woke up to mud! LOL

  20. They don't make or write funny scripts anymore can't top my cousin Vinny hilarious Joe is a genius

  21. Joe Pesci is one of the BEST CHARACTER ACTORS who came out of Hollywood, ESPECIALLY when he played roles in which he taught us how to use the 'F-WORD' 50% of each sentence consisting of 6 words he utters. Lol. BRILLIANT ACTOR.

  22. pesci was a fuing cunt who lived the lifestyl he played. he and deniro are both corrupt and criminal in their intents.

  23. I used to like De Niro till he made that lame ass anti Trump commercial back in 2016. Him and NBC can suck my 🐓

  24. It should of just ended at the first one retirement that's why you don't hear from him anymore cause he retired ffs 😂

  25. This is a great video. I was curious about him because of his role in Michael Jackson's "Moonwalker".

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