There have been several TV shows and movies made about the mob and organized crime. Some names that leap to the mid are The Sopranos, Donnie Brasco and The Godfather to name just a few. But even they tend to get things wrong at times. Let’s face it; they are made for entertaining us and are based on what information is generally available to the public. Such information can, at times, be wrong or inaccurate.
That is why it is fascinating when someone like Michael Franzese comes in to talk about what such movies and TV shows got right and when they got wrong. Michael was a member of the Colombo Crime Family and a “made guy’. A ‘Made Guy’ is someone who has taken the oath and joined the family. He served as a caporegime in New York for many years and even had dealings with some of the most famous names for that era.
In this video, Michael breaks down some of the most popular shows and movies based on the mob. One remarkably interesting thing he points out is the fact that no mob boss would EVER go to a psychiatrist. If he did, it would be the end for him and the psychiatrist… literally. By the way, that whole, “forget about it” bit is totally realistic!
He was also portrayed as a character in the 1990 movie Goodfellas, but that part is apparently inaccurate. He also talks about how they came up with all the nicknames that they all seemed to have. According to him, Joe Pesci is the one actor who can portray someone from that life with a high degree of accuracy. He did walk away from the life and had to deal with the whole deal of having a contract put out on him. Today he has his own a YouTube channel and also coaches people in things like managing and building their businesses.