Does art imitate life or does life imitate art?
Italian police have arrested three men with suspected ties to the Gallo-Pisielli clan from the Camorra or Neapolitan Mafia for allegedly extorting the production company behind the television series Gomorrah about the crime group which allowed a mobster's villa to be used for filming as reported by The Guardian: "Italian media said the villa near Torre Annunziata is modelled on the one in the 1983 film Scarface, starring Al Pacino, and includes an eight-person hot tub, Versace floors and baroque decor."
The crime series is based on the international bestseller of the same title by Roberto Saviano, and the author says the production is faithful to the book in showing "the Camorra as it really is" as reported by Scott Roborough for The Hollywood Reporter:
The plot of Gomorrah is a "maze of stories inspired by events that actually took place," says Saviano. The names are made up but the details "remain absolutely credible." Dialogue, for example, was closely based on real-life intercepted phone calls between Camorra mafioso.
The Camorra runs the streets of Naples and is involved in everything from the vice rackets such as drugs and prostitution to the corruption of legitimate industries including waste and construction, and its dirty operations were exposed to the world by Saviano's book.