- Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:49 pm
If you've not seen the Martin Scorsese classic, "Casino", it charts the rise and fall of a casino manager in 1970s Las Vegas, and that of his gangster friend played by Joe Pesci.
At the start of the story, Pesci's character is a vicious and brutal gangster, quick to anger and capable of dropping an enemy in one well aimed punch. By the end though, high living and complacency have taken their toll. He's overweight, addicted to drugs, and utterly burned out. He's so set in his routines that he doesn't realise how much information he's giving away to police listening in. He's so assured of his position that he doesn't realise how mad the mafia bosses are with him.
That's the parallel I was trying to make.
"It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail." - Gore Vidal.
"I proved that you're wrong. And if you're wrong, I'm right." - Aaron Eckhart.