On my way into work this morning I saw Arthur J. Nascarella who plays Carlo Gervasi from the Sopranos on my NJ Transit bus (#158) on my way into NYC. I didn't realize it was him until he got off right in front of me at the Port Authority bus terminal. I tried to get a photo with my Treo without bothering him so the best I got was the back of his head on the elevator down to the main level:
Not very convincing, I know. But I was sure it was him when we got to the bottom of the escalator and three NYPD officers were standing there and one of them pointed at him and yelled, "Hey, it's the new construction guy!" This was in reference to the promotion Tony gave Carlo replacing Vito in all construction business in last week's episode. He pointed right back and smiled but kept on walking.
I'm starting a new category on this blog. This is something I've been thinking about doing for a while. I have noticed in the last few years that more and more companies are using celebrity voiceovers for their TV commercials. It started with Alec Baldwin doing just about every commercial but now other famous actors are the voices behind the commercials we see and hear every day. But most people don't realize this. And I happen to have a *gift* that enables me to identify voices extremely well. I looked around online and didn't find a significant repository of this information anywhere else so perhaps this blog can become that for other people who are odd enough like me to care.
So I'm kicking off this undertaking with a company whose ads are not all that exciting or sexy. In fact they're almost always just the company's logo and sometimes they have some animation but they always have the same voice.
Just saw rapper/actor Ice-T at the Edgewater (NJ) Pathmark. Not sure if he
lives in the area but he was standing - of all places - at a Coinstar
machine. He and his platinum blonde ladyfriend were emptying quite the
stash of coins into the machine. As I stood adjacent to them at the ATM I
thought about whether to say something like "I'm a big fan of SVU".
Instead, as I walked by them on my out I said "You should go to Commerce
Bank - they don't charge a fee for that." To which Ice-T matter-of-factly