Jerry Adler is best known for his role as ‘Hesh’ Rabkin, Jewish adviser on ‘The Sopranos.’ Adler, 86, currently appears in ‘Fish in the Dark,’ the Larry David comedy on Broadway.
In the outpouring of obituaries and appreciations of actor James Gandolfini, who died yesterday at age 51, there’s been a tendency to confuse the man with his most famous character, Tony Soprano. That’s a pretty obvious mistake — an actor isn’t the same as the role he plays — but it’s also kind of understandable. When Jason Alexander eventually goes (not that it should happen anytime soon), I’m pretty sure we’ll all be talking about George Costanza.
James Gandolfini, who died at 51, wasn’t Jewish. But ‘The Sopranos’ actor knew he was portraying a business with deep roots in the Tribe.
HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ is the most-watched show on cable. But its extreme violence and misogyny leads a rabbinic student to wonder: Should Jews really be watching this?
Before Jack Abramoff was an American super-lobbyist, half-successful restaurateur, and convicted con man, he was a movie producer, known for bankrolling the 1989 Dolph Lundgren actioner “Red Scorpion” (part of Cold War cinema’s deconstructionist, though still violently anti-Soviet phase). It’s appropriate then, that George Hickenlooper’s Abramoff biopic, “Casino Jack,” which premiered last week at the Toronto International Film Festival, should evince such an obvious love of cinema.