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Johnny Depp might have played Donnie Brasco in the Academy Award-nominated film, but the real-life hero is Joe Pistone. Pistone came up on the mean streets of Patterson, New Jersey before going deep undercover and spending six years inside the Bonanno and Columbo crime families. In the new podcast “Deep Cover-The Real Donnie Brasco,” Joe Pistone shares the true stories of his time with The Mob to his friend, and our host, actor Leo Rossi. If you loved the Sopranos--“Fuhggedaboutit”--this is ...
 
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This week we’re getting a visit from Joe’s friend from the north, Eric from Montreal Canada. As a former detective with the Montreal Police Department, Eric has a resume as long as the rap sheets of some of the criminals he put away. The two former colleagues share with Leo about the cases they worked together, and about the connection the mafia ha…
 
Go inside the mind of a criminal. This week Joe and Leo are joined by criminal psychiatrist and Joe’s old colleague, Dr. Frank, to take a deep dive into how the mind of a killer works. Listen as they talk about the differences between the mentality of a mafioso and a serial killer, as well as Dr. Frank’s history working with Joe in the FBI. 00:00:0…
 
The Australian multi-hyphenate reflects on the filmmaking collective that he helped to establish 25 years ago, leveraging an early role in 'Star Wars' and the varied credits that have followed, from 'Warrior' to 'Loving' to, most recently, Barry Jenkins' acclaimed limited series adaptation of Colson Whitehead's bestselling novel. Credits: Hosted by…
 
The star of Hollywood's Golden Age turned author, who is now 90 and celebrating the 65th anniversary of her start in the movies in 'Giant' and 'Baby Doll,' shares the pros and cons of being a sex symbol, memories of James Dean and Marilyn Monroe and thoughts about the #MeToo movement — including an unpopular opinion of Bill Cosby, who was unexpecte…
 
Just when we thought Joe was done with the FBI he decides to give it another shot. But before he can be reinstated he must go through what all rookies go through- training at the FBI Academy. He talks with Leo about his decision to go back to the bureau and the training process that he had to go through to once again become Special Agent Joe Piston…
 
The best character actor working today, according to a 2021 industry survey, reflects on how he came to acting by way of the scene shop, why he quit the profession for two years in the early 2000s and what explains his remarkable past decade — a Tony nom, an Emmy nom (with another likely next month) and roles in five best picture Oscar nominees, tw…
 
Never before heard tapes! The year is 1978 as we listen to original recorded conversations between Joe “Donnie Brasco” Pistone, infamous Lefty “Two Guns” Ruggiero and another undercover agent known on the street as “Tony Conte”. Leo and Joe break down what they hear and analyze what is really being said all those years ago. Thank you to our sponsor…
 
The first lady of television reflects on how her challenging childhood shaped her as a person and an actress, early jobs that were expected to be game-changers but proved not to be and the origins and evolution of her close collaboration with Ryan Murphy. Credits: Hosted by Scott Feinberg and produced by Matthew Whitehurst. Learn more about your ad…
 
After years of unwarranted harassment from his superior, Joe finally had enough. He tells Leo about the incident that finally pushed him over the edge. In one final confrontation with his special agent in charge, Joe quit the FBI just a few years short of his 20-year mark. 00:00:00 - Intro 00:06:48 - Joe Quits the FBI Follow us on social media: Dee…
 
The character actor's character actor — there's a reason the 'Six Degrees' game is named after him — reflects on lessons learned from early projects like 'Animal House' and 'Diner,' why he sabotaged his own stardom after 'Footloose,' how he later reinvented himself as a character actor and why his attitudes towards television changed. Credits: Host…
 
This week Joe begins to shut the door on his career with the FBI. He walks Leo through the years of harassment and unnecessary heat he faced at his assigned field office from his Special Agent in Charge. From calling his wife to check on his whereabouts to attempting to interrupt his time to testify in the Commission trial, the constant, insufferab…
 
The beloved comedy writer, actress and producer — the first female head-writer and second female 'Weekend Update' anchor in the history of 'Saturday Night Live' — reflects on the roots of her interest in comedy; her 'SNL' experience, from Poehler to Palin; and her experiences with series TV, from '30 Rock' to her pandemic projects 'Mr. Mayor' and '…
 
This week Leo and Joe dive into the Hollywood scene. The two give behind the scenes insight on the set of Leo’s new hit show, Graves End. We also hear stories from Joe’s time with some of the “Hollywood Elite,” including the times he met Dice Clay and Sid Rosenberg. Plus, Joe drops a bombshell change of heart regarding the notorious gangster Sammy …
 
The thrice Oscar-nominated and twice Emmy-winning founder/CEO of Blumhouse, who the New York Times called "the king of low-budget horror movies," reflects on getting his start by producing college roommate Noah Baumbach's directorial debut, becoming an independent producer after years of working for Harvey Weinstein and making his name with breakou…
 
The comedienne who went viral with her videos lip-syncing Donald Trump reflects on walking away from a Google to pursue comedy, what it was like becoming famous during a global pandemic and her new Netflix comedy special. Credits: Hosted by Scott Feinberg and produced by Matthew Whitehurst. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adcho…
 
This week Leo and Joe are joined by former member of the Colombo Crime Family, Michael Franzese. Being a gangster is one hell of a life to live. Michael, Joe and Leo discuss the ugly truth about what being a made guy can do to your life, and how for some getting out is a hard thing to do. Michael tells the guys some stories about life after prison,…
 
This week Joe and Leo discuss The Maxi Trial in Palermo, Sicily. The case was against the Sicilian Mafia, and, boy, were those some mean, cold-hearted gangsters. The Sicilians had their own murderous ways of doing things, and unlike their American counterparts, nobody’s life was off-limits. The New York Mafia was also no stranger to taking action a…
 
The indie darling turned Marvel star reflects on what she learned from older sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley, overcoming debilitating panic attacks as her own career suddenly exploded and finally getting to portray Wanda Maximoff's humor and complexity on Disney+'s first MCU TV series. Credits: Hosted by Scott Feinberg and produced by Matthew Whitehur…
 
If there’s one thing you never want to do it’s cross a mob boss. Joe talks to us about what happened to the acting boss of the Bonanno Crime Family, Carmine Galante, when he decided to defy The Commission. Leo learns a lesson of his own when Joe let’s him in on what makes a good deep cover agent, and why he probably wouldn't make the cut. What happ…
 
The brilliant and funny writer, talker and thinker reflects on how she first wound up in New York, her decades-long battle with writer's block and what it's like being the subject of a Martin Scorsese documentary and docuseries. Credits: Hosted by Scott Feinberg and produced by Matthew Whitehurst. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.f…
 
The case is finally closed and it’s time for Joe Pistone, a.k.a the real Donnie Brasco to face The Mafia in court. For six years, he rubbed elbows with some of the scariest gangsters alive and now he’s working with the then U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani to bring them to justice. Joe’s testimony was crucial in The Pizza Connection Trial and The Commis…
 
The 25-year-old breakout star of Netflix’s most popular limited series ever reflects on her unusual childhood, the twists of fate that led her to modeling and screen acting and why she almost quit the biz just before ‘Emma’ went into production. Credits: Hosted by Scott Feinberg and produced by Matthew Whitehurst. Learn more about your ad choices. …
 
The revered stage and screen actor reflects on his decades of commercials and guest spots before becoming famous at 43, the happy accidents that led Vince Gilligan to cast him on 'Breaking Bad' and what it was like, seven years after that show ended, to return to TV in the limited series format. Credits: Hosted by Scott Feinberg and produced by Mat…
 
Leo Rossi and Joe Pistone are back and diving even further into the Donnie Brasco story. This week is all about mafia business and the cash-raking hustle of hijacking. From Sonny Black to John Gotti, these wise guys worked some of the most successful (and dangerous) car-jacking rings in the country. So much so it worked them up the family hierarchy…
 
Leo and Joe are back with even more jaw-dropping stories that will have you inching toward the edge of your seat. After spending six years undercover, it was time for Joe to take the stand against the mafia men that he spent nearly every day with. You’ll hear stories about The Pizza Connection Trial, The Commission Trial and about some of the other…
 
Pixar's chief creative officer, a writer/director who is the most Oscar-nominated person in the history of the best animated feature category, reflects on the roots of his love of animation, transitioning from hand-drawn to computer and succeeding John Lasseter. Credits: Hosted by Scott Feinberg and produced by Matthew Whitehurst. Learn more about …
 
The Martin Luther King of the disability rights movement reflects on how polio shaped her childhood, why she became an activist and the legacy of the camp at the center of Netflix’s Oscar-nominated documentary in which she appears. Credits: Hosted by Scott Feinberg and produced by Matthew Whitehurst. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphon…
 
The four-time Grammy winner reflects on adopting a moniker that stands for “Having Everything Revealed,” helping to repopularize R&B and landing an Oscar nom for her new tune “Fight for You.” Credits: Hosted by Scott Feinberg and produced by Matthew Whitehurst. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
The trailblazing superstar reflects on growing up between India and America, winning the Miss World beauty pageant and building an international acting career. Credits: Hosted by Scott Feinberg and produced by Matthew Whitehurst. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesBy The Hollywood Reporter
 
The legendary star of Hollywood’s Golden Age, one of America's top box office attractions in the 1950s and the leading lady of the greatest movie of all time according to Sight & Sound’s famous poll, Alfred Hitchcock's 'Vertigo,' reflects on the challenges and rewards of the studio system, what really happened between her and Sammy Davis Jr. and wh…
 
The Grammy-nominated singer and Golden Globe-winning actress talks about her path from a strip mall to Stevie Wonder, creating the unofficial BLM anthem "Rise Up" and why it seems she was fated to portray Billie Holiday in Lee Daniels' new film. Credits: Hosted by Scott Feinberg and produced by Matthew Whitehurst. Learn more about your ad choices. …
 
The fan favorite and youngest-ever best actress in a drama series Emmy winner, for HBO's 'Euphoria,' reflects on the roots of her love for acting, navigating child stardom and why she and the writer/director Sam Levinson bring out the best in each other. Credits: Hosted by Scott Feinberg and produced by Matthew Whitehurst. Learn more about your ad …
 
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