It very well looked like a jejune scene lifted from one of the “Godfather” scripts last Thursday at the wake for crime author, Philip Carlo – which took place at the Peter C. La Bella Funeral Home in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
The copious rumblings of apparent discomfort throughout the audience began when the priest, “who said he was a substitute priest from a federal prison,” droned on pontificating about religion rather than the memories of Carlo. This inappropriate display made Tony Danza upset to the point where he felt the need to rise from his seat and do something.
Here is one account according to a source as to how it all went down:
“Tony, who was one of Carlo’s closest friends, walked right up to the priest and said angrily, ‘Excuse me, but this is not about you. It’s supposed to be about my friend, and if you can’t do that, maybe you should let someone else speak!’ This, not surprisingly, brought the proceedings to an uncomfortable halt leading to someone actually heckling Danza, to which he shot back saying, “Will you give me a break? Will you stop and let me talk?” (NY Post)
Celebrity guests in attendance to pay their respects included the likes of Mickey Rourke, Chuck Zito, Danny Aiello and John “Cha Cha” Ciarcia. A true Guido fest, no doubt. (PS. I can say that. See last name: “Farone”)
In an interview with the Post, Carlo’s wife remarked that “the funeral went very well, and we know Phil would have been very happy.” Based on the recounted events, her statement leads me to believe the woman is still in shock.
Carlo, best known for his bestselling mobster biographies, passed away after losing his battle to Lou Gehrig’s disease at 61 years old on November 8. According to Danza’s reps, the actor could not be reached for comment regarding the incident. But, I imagine if he could, it would be something to the tune of, “Fogetta ’bout it!”
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