"I'm not a mobster but I play one on tv."
Those words may become the signature line for actor Anthony Borgese a/k/a Tony Darrow -- best known for his role as Sonny Bunz in Goodfellas -- following his conviction last February for his role in the Gambino beat down of a hapless soul who owed money to a pal as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News:
Borgese admitted soliciting the help of Gambino soldier Joseph Orlando in the collection of a $5,000 debt to one of Borgese's pals. Orlando dispatched goons from his crew who broke the victim's jaw and ribs.
The apparently starstruck feds are on board with a deal that will allow Borgese to avoid hard time for his mob crime after the celluloid gangster filmed an anti-Mafia public service ad: "'I play a lot of tough guy and gangster roles,' Borgese preaches in the video. 'But in real life that don't work, kids. . . . If you ever break the law, and you think you're a wiseguy, you're not.'"
No word on when this 30-second gem -- sure to become a cult classic for its camp appeal -- will be released to the viewing public.
UPDATE: The PSA has paid off big time for Borgese, and Brooklyn federal judge Eric Vitaliano "said he was so moved by the performance and Borgese's good deeds that he sentenced him to a lenient six months house arrest" as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News: "the mob movie star could have gotten up to 41 months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines."