Hudson Hawk

Danny Aiello and Bruce Willis in Hudson Hawk

Swinging on a Star

Danny Aiello had some very memorable roles in his career. The Godfather Part II, Do the Right Thing and Moonstruck to name just a few. For me though, I’ll remember him best for three movies: Harlem Nights, 29th Street and Hudson Hawk. He had a way of playing a role, like he wasn’t playing one at all. He was funny and serious, and sympathetic. Sometimes all at once. Not only a big screen actor, he acted on TV and on stage as well. He even sang. Singing brings me to the title of this post, and more precisely, his role as Tommy Five-Tone, in Hudson Hawk. A somewhat universally panned movie starring Bruce Willis. It’s not Gone with the Wind, or Casablanca, for sure, but I’d classify it as a guilty pleasure, sufficiently campy. So silly and stupid that if you come across it, you almost have to watch. Some might say a cult classic, though I’m not sure I’d go that far. But, it has its merits, however few. Keep swinging on a star Danny, RIP.