They all love me.
I dress the same all the fucking time. I just rode the bus for 24 hours. I was a pretty poor kid. To strike it big in a better way?
I had them laughing so hard in that helicopter, the driver was laughing his ass off. I want a whole pizza, just like this. Cuz you got all these assholes running around New York, these trust fund scumbags. I felt so myself. Now I gotta be careful, I gotta be real careful now.
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I really was the best. I got my own shit. I was important. It was like being on a kibbutz, everybody was working for each other. It was like a communal exercise. I know what the Safdies did. I became the greatest dress deer. I did a lot of little roles with the Safdie brothers, a lot of videos.
Everybody was laughing all the time. But then I started getting myself pretty much together. HUNT: But seeing that motivated you to do it differently? My parents were both college professors, and I love learning. He dons his usual scarf, sunglasses, and thick coiffure. What are you gonna do? Of all the off-screen personas in Uncut GemsI knew next to nothing about Diamond.
I was a pound kid with long blonde hair. I always wanted to be in a major movie role. But you gotta really work harder, you know? I like Chekhov, I like Shakespeare, I liked everything. I was ADD most of my life and then my daughter went to Harvard and she used to send me all the books.
It is what it is, the greatest. What the fuck was I doing there? I know Ronny from Oceanside, Long Beach. It has nothing to do with money. I count my calories! I hope to god Adam gets the Academy Award. The Weekend is the greatest guy.
He asked me to add a lot of s up and I did that. The movie made me feel great about myself, it gave me self-confidence. I know my favorite movies. So I worked selling bagels—whatever I fucking had to do I did to make some money. If anybody ever knew what was the right thing to do, was it Meyer Lansky. Another calories.
I scan the shelf behind the bar. I liked Frownland. I went to Chrome Hearts to get a nice pair of leather pants, but they said too much money.
He put me in business with Marie Oliphant [a seamstress] in the Garment Center. And I took a bus—all these rich motherfuckers on Long Island, who I just wanted to bury one day in my life, because they were just not the nicest people I knew—I ended up taking the Greyhound bus to Miami where I met Meyer Lansky. I love to see people go for it. It was on my bucket list and I did it. He was really nice.
I sold my house in Owslebury. The Safdies, Josh, and his brother, Darius [Khondji] the cinematographer—everybody was pumping for each other. HUNT: Was acting your first venture in retirement, or were you trying other things? I always loved acting.
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Everybody was working so freaking hard. You got a heavy red wine? People are people. Street smarts are the most important thing in the world.
The ultimate goal is to feel well and feel good about yourself because you did good, not because your fucking father or grandfather did good. I grew up here. Everybody feels like they have no opportunity. That was my favorite director, man, what was his name? Diamond has an unmistakable appearance. The internet offered piecemeal fragments. I was like Pied Piper to the Sicillian kids, the Italian kids, because I did very good and was very generous. Leone had the best movies.
I gotta cook today too. And the other kids are into other areas.
Just the way it needs to be, without all that shit on it, a pizza. I did a couple of plays when I was really young in junior high. That one minute scene for three-and-a-half hours! I count every fucking thing I eat now. I do the Hamptons for three to four weeks. I wish I could do it again.
HUNT: Did you have an early interest in the dress industry? HUNT: I hope he directs again.
We talked for a long time. Upon arrival, I find him at Bella Blu talking to the bartender louder than most yell. You know, like you just gave me here? Matzah pizza, Matzah pizza! They wanted me to wear some like pound leather pants, like what the fuck?
I used to live in a place called Fisher Island for 20 years, major real estate there,square feet right on the ocean. He was different, he was serious. His wife is lovely, great family guy. I was the biggest guy in the Garment Center years ago.
I love working with young people. Gimme a break, I love this shit. Can you say more about how you got into that with Meyer Lansky? I started getting into all sorts of plays. I said okay, so I wore my black jeans and a leather jacket.
I started getting so entrenched in that, and when I retired about 25 years ago from the dress business, sold most of my business, I was depressed for like 5 years because it was a big business.