Sunday, January 13, 2008

American Ah Beng Gangster

Last night caught American Gangster. Never watched much Russell Crowe movies. I definitely caught Master and Commander. Quite a good turn. In American Gangster, he plays Richie - a narcotics officer, complete with belly fattened up with donuts. But it was really Denzel who made the movie.

Tells the story of Frank Lucas, who together with Nicky Barnes and Guy Fisher were the original awesome threesome who ruled the black communities in 60s and 70s.

For the movie, the production team led by Director Ridley Scott actually recruited Frank Lucas and Richie for consultation work. And NY Magazine ran an exclusive interview with Frank Lucas and Nicky Barnes who have not spoke to each other for more than 30 years.

Frank, who was the driver for "Bumpy" Johnson (who was portrayed by Laurence Fishburne in the movie Hoodlum), was recently interviewed by NYMag together with Nicky Barnes. Click here for the article.

Frank and Nicky have some comments on the US Presidential Elections coming up:

But I don’t think we’re ready for an Italian president. I don’t think we’re ready for a black president. I don’t think we’re ready for a woman president, but I tell you right now: I think Hillary Clinton will win this thing hands down.

The Italian in question is Rudy Giuliani. Who was then the District Attorney chasing both of them down. Perhaps because these two black drug tychoons were eating into the Italian share of the pie. Oops~! Did I just say that?

Catch this movie. 157 minutes worth of it. All good.

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