I had the advantage of reading the book, and when the script was first submitted to me, it was just another gangster story - the east side taking over the west side and all that.
Things got so bad that when I went shopping for a house, some people would refuse to open the door if they saw it was me standing there. And drunks would always want to challenge me.
In those days I would go for an interview and find myself competing with this other chap who would always be younger and taller, and much handsomer than I.
I know I'm not much on face value, but when it comes to stage value, I'll deliver for you.
I didn't play at collecting. No cigar anywhere was safe from me.
My father and uncles and all their friends turned their lungs black trying to satisfy my collector's zeal.
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