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Actor Steve Buscemi Protests Cutbacks on Fire Stations
Internet Movie Database ^ | 04/22/03

Posted on 04/22/2003 5:38:45 PM PDT by Drew68

Fargo star Steve Buscemi has spoken out against proposals to close many of New York City's fire stations.

Before becoming a Hollywood actor, Buscemi was a New York City firefighter from 1980 to 1984 - and he continues to be a vocal and high-profile supporter. And he joined about 50 demonstrators on Saturday to protest a cost- cutting proposal to close eight firehouses.

Referring to the 343 firefighters killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks, he says, "I think it's a slap in the face, after all that they've done and all that they continue to do. They're just starting to come back. This is just terrible - a terrible message to firefighters because they want to save $10 million or $11 million a year."

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, seeking to close a $3.4 billion budget deficit, has proposed eliminating eight firehouses and said last week at least 30 more may have to be closed if the city does not receive state or federal financial assistance.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: fdny; hollywood; mrpink; stevebuscemi
Buscemi is a good guy.
1 posted on 04/22/2003 5:38:45 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Drew68
Always nice to see a Hollywood type take a stand on something decent.
2 posted on 04/22/2003 5:41:40 PM PDT by zlala
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To: Drew68
Also from IMDB:
[Buscemi] showed up at his old firehouse the day after the World Trade Center tragedy in New York to volunteer. Worked twelve hour shifts for a week after the terrorist act, digging through rubble with his old comrades looking for missing firefighters... anonymously. [September 2001]

3 posted on 04/22/2003 5:42:29 PM PDT by Fixit
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To: Drew68
Everytime Buscemi is on screen he commands it. From "Resevoir Dogs" to "Fargo" to "The Big Lebowski" his presence makes the film enjoyable.

He is also a good man and he must have some muscles hidden somewhere on the skinny frame of his if he was a fire fighter.

4 posted on 04/22/2003 5:42:53 PM PDT by Archangelsk (Think politically not emotionally.)
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To: Archangelsk
Everytime Buscemi is on screen he commands it.

The Adam Sandler film, "The Wedding Singer" was never funnier than during the first ten minutes with Buscemi playing the groom's drunken brother.

5 posted on 04/22/2003 5:45:26 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Drew68
Ole Crazy eyes is a great actor. He possesses that same rare kernel that is found in other great actors like Christopher Walken.

Glad to hear he's a decent guy in real life.
6 posted on 04/22/2003 5:48:30 PM PDT by Bogey78O (check it out... http://freepers.zill.net/users/bogey78o_fr/puppet.swf)
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To: Archangelsk
Reservoir vice Resevoir
7 posted on 04/22/2003 5:48:53 PM PDT by Archangelsk ("I don't tip.")
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To: Drew68
Ditto.
8 posted on 04/22/2003 5:49:21 PM PDT by Carthago delenda est (Hillary must be stopped.)
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To: Fixit
Worked twelve hour shifts for a week after the terrorist act, digging through rubble with his old comrades looking for missing firefighters... anonymously.

I remember reading about this after it happened. IIRC, the account was later confirmed in several magazines. There was even a FR thread about it:

Actor and Former NYC Firefighter Steve Buscemi Rumoured to be Digging Out Rubble at WTC Site

Has Buscemi ever spoken in public about this?

9 posted on 04/22/2003 5:49:44 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Bogey78O
Yeah, they scare the crap out of everyone. :-)
10 posted on 04/22/2003 5:49:54 PM PDT by Archangelsk ("I don't tip.")
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All the way from being the recipient of "Donnie, STFU" to "Why do I have to be Mr. Pink?", he's never failed to entertain me.

I'll buy almost any movie he's in.
11 posted on 04/22/2003 5:50:20 PM PDT by Bogey78O (check it out... http://freepers.zill.net/users/bogey78o_fr/puppet.swf)
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To: Drew68
Has Buscemi ever spoken in public about this?

Not that I know of, but real heroes rarely, if ever, talk about their actions.

12 posted on 04/22/2003 5:51:07 PM PDT by Archangelsk ("I don't tip.")
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To: Drew68

He dug out his coat and boots and went down to ground zero after Sept. 11th. You'll never see pictures of it because he didn't do it as a photo op. He mentioned it in passing in an interview I saw later.
13 posted on 04/22/2003 5:51:11 PM PDT by shadowman99
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To: Bogey78O
"Why do I have to be Mr. Pink?"

"Cause you're a .......!"

14 posted on 04/22/2003 5:52:17 PM PDT by Archangelsk ("I don't tip.")
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To: Archangelsk
An interesting fact is he's the only guy we never learned his real name in that movie. He's also well...I won't spoil the ending but it's obvious his fate.
15 posted on 04/22/2003 5:53:26 PM PDT by Bogey78O (check it out... http://freepers.zill.net/users/bogey78o_fr/puppet.swf)
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To: Archangelsk
PS: I like the tagline. Didn't catch it at first.
16 posted on 04/22/2003 5:56:32 PM PDT by Bogey78O (check it out... http://freepers.zill.net/users/bogey78o_fr/puppet.swf)
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To: Bogey78O
Blue and Brown were also anonymous, but they (Tarantino and Bunker) had such small roles that it didn't matter.
17 posted on 04/22/2003 5:57:31 PM PDT by Archangelsk ("I don't tip.")
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To: Archangelsk
Yea...I consider them really just cameos since they were in only one scene. With the exception of a few seconds for Tarantino.
18 posted on 04/22/2003 5:59:09 PM PDT by Bogey78O (check it out... http://freepers.zill.net/users/bogey78o_fr/puppet.swf)
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To: Drew68
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, seeking to close a $3.4 billion budget deficit, has proposed eliminating eight firehouses and said last week at least 30 more may have to be closed if the city does not receive state or federal financial assistance.

Pardon me responding to my own post but WTF here!?!?!

Didn't those $7.50 packs of cigarettes do anything to help the budget shortfall?

Wouldn't closing firehouses in FREAKING NEW YORK CITY OF ALL PLACES be a little shortsighted!!! Not to mention sacreligious?!?!?!

Bloomberg must be an idiot.

19 posted on 04/22/2003 6:00:18 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Bogey78O
Ah, but what a scene. Too bad this thread would be pulled if we posted the dialogue here.
20 posted on 04/22/2003 6:00:31 PM PDT by Archangelsk ("I don't tip.")
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To: Archangelsk
"Like a virgin is really about a chick who ZOT!
21 posted on 04/22/2003 6:04:52 PM PDT by Bogey78O (check it out... http://freepers.zill.net/users/bogey78o_fr/puppet.swf)
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To: Drew68
You know the people of Louisiana donated 3 emergency vehicles to the city after 9-11. A total of about $750,000 or so of stuff.

And I do mean "the people of Louisiana" and not the state. It was done solely by voluntary donations and volunteerism. The way a gov't should conduct charity and not at the end of a gun.
22 posted on 04/22/2003 6:07:11 PM PDT by Bogey78O (check it out... http://freepers.zill.net/users/bogey78o_fr/puppet.swf)
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To: Drew68
Steve's an OK dude....who knew
23 posted on 04/22/2003 6:20:46 PM PDT by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: Drew68
His wife is from the little burg of Amesville, Ohio (a few miles from Athens). He took the time to speak to grade school kids in their classes there a few years ago. As I recall, the hi-lites of his speeches were of substance and impressive for a Hollywood type. I remember shaking my head in amazement after reading an account of his visit in one of the local papers.

He really did seem to have his stuff together (which is what amazed me).
24 posted on 04/22/2003 6:32:52 PM PDT by Ghengis
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To: Drew68; All
Bloomberg IS an idiot!

What an awful thing to do to the brave Firefighters of New York!

After all they gave at Ground Zero, and all they give everyday..

Why doesn't HE take a paycut to help fund the NYCFD?

He was a flippin' millionaire before he got elected!
That's what I would do, and donate a million more to the NYCFD, if I had that kind of money..it would help set something up for the families, too..

To Firefighters everywhere..words are only that, words, our love and gratitude come from the heart..please know we carry you in our prayers..perhaps words for you from us to God, will help and comfort you..

Thank you so much for your bravery and courage, and I am so sorry for people like Bloomberg..is it true that Firemen also pay for their own food? If it is true, thats not right either!

What can we do to help?
In my town, we have Volunteer firefighters, my next-door neighbor is one of them..I have driven home late some nights from work, and have seen him at fires, car wrecks, and such..they get only a samll stipend for this..

I think I will get my butt in gear, and do more for them, fundraisers and such?

Suggestions Freepers??

Thanks..

Ms.B

25 posted on 04/22/2003 11:43:56 PM PDT by MS.BEHAVIN
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