It is often quoted that it takes charm to open the door, and charm to keep the doors open. And one of the many things that Joe Russo has in his well-crafted arsenal of attributes is CHARM!! Acting craft is an essential component to working on stage or in film, but charm will make the bigwigs want to keep you around. And since Joe Russo is in this for the long haul, his charming disposition will serve him well for many years to come.
A Jersey boy himself, Joe Russo’s performance as Joe Pesci in Clint Eastwood’s soon-to-be released “Jersey Boys,” based on the Broadway musical mega hit, is authentic, nuanced, and well-thought out. With roles in in “Shut Up and Kiss Me” (2010), “Jersey Shore Shark Attack” (2012), and “It’s You Not Me” (2013), this breakout role in “Jersey Boys” may just be Russo’s ticket to the big time.
Fashion Reverie was fortunate enough to sit and chat with Joe Russo about his character Joe Pesci, his preparation for the role, working with Clint Eastwood, and of course the great music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
—William S. Gooch
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