Paging the Synchronicity Police!
Perhaps by now you have heard of CNN anchor Chris Cuomo’s “Fredo” incident…a tragicomedy in several parts. In part one, a YouTube video surfaced on a conservative channel showing Cuomo losing his shit after being called “Fredo” at an event.
Now you may be wondering, “what’s a Fredo?” In The Godfather movies, Fredo Corleone was, essentially, the “loser” sibling. Skinny, weak, and shifty he ends up betraying his family and eventually gets “the kiss of death” from his brother Michael.
So being called a Fredo = not really a complement.
Once the video came out, an even more losing-his-shit Cuomo made a statement saying that calling an Italian “Fredo” is the “equivalent of the N-word.”
But this post is not to debate whether “Fredo” is the equivalent of the N-word (as an Italian-American, I am telling you: it. is. nahhhhht.)
Rather, it’s about a fine character actor who was taken from us too soon: John Cazale. Who, per the Fates, was suddenly thrust back into the spotlight by having his most famous character hit #1 on Twitter Trends…
…one day after his birthday!
In addition to playing Fredo Corleone in two Godfather movies, Cazale’s resume sounds like a who’s who of solid 1970s dramas: Dog Day Afternoon, The Deer Hunter, and The Conversation.
Unfortunately, Cazale’s career was cut short when he died of lung cancer at the age of 42. And thus, he would have been forgotten by the non-film buff masses were it not for one man…
One man who has apparently never heard of the Streisand Effect.
Anyway, once again: yay for synchronicity!