I was always interested in gangsters and people don't associate me with that because of their image of me on the screen. They think I'm more intellectual than I am, because I wear glasses and I'm built slightly.
But the truth is I came from the streets of Brooklyn. I'm not educated—I mean I was thrown of college in my freshman year. My father was always, you know, a cab driver or a pool hustler. He ran a pool room. He worked for Albert Anastasia for a while, taking bets at Saratoga. I had always had an interest in and a feeling for that.
I'm not a gangster, but I'm more of that world. I'm more the guy that's home with a beer in his undershirt watching the Television set, than I am pouring over, you know, the Russian novelists. I mean, I've read things over the years to keep up with my dates, but the truth of the matter is my heart has always been at the ballpark.