I occasionally come across oddities at comic cons. Such was the case with Paul Sorvino at the Motor City Comic Con 2016.
Sorvino is a legendary actor. His performance in Goodfellas alone would put him on the map and I am not an overzealous fan of that movie either. His onscreen career spans nearly 50 years. He has done episodic television like Law & Order, along with movies like Joe Torre: Curveballs Along the Way. He even played the father of Bruce Willis on Moonlighting. On the big screen, his credits include Dick Tracy, Reds and many more.
At the MCCC, Sorvino had a relatively short line and a low price. It was ridiculous. I'm not being grumpy old man here. At the very least, the man's work in Goodfellas merits more attention.
Cuzz's theory is the MCCC had a different crowd. There might be some validity to that, but not enough. I've seen far less accomplished actors have longer lines and higher prices. These weren't just more recent actors either. This was the bizarro world.
Don't get me wrong, Sorvino probably did well enough and if not, I'm sure he will survive. It just struck me as odd that there wasn't as much excitement for him as I thought there would be. I was ecstatic to meet Sorvino, as was Cuzz.
It makes me shake my head to see much less accomplished actors garner long lines even with higher prices. I never begrudge the actors. The market truly does set the price. It just boggles my mind that Sorvino didn't have a super long line. Maybe I should just be grateful we didn't have to wait in a super long line.
For his part, Srvino was engaging. I brought up his role as Torre (I always seem to focus on the odd role and not the major one). Maybe Sorvino was happy to not talk about Goodfellas for one. Either way, he was a class act and I am glad to have met him.
Paul Sorvino, Cuzz Gekas and me in Novi, MI-May 2016.