Eighteen days ago, Fame star Paul Iacono turned 21. And last night he was in Las Vegas for the premiere of the big-screen remake of the 1980 musical extravaganza, which opens today nationwide.
So it didn’t surprise us to hear he’d want to sew some wild oats.
Interviewed on WZAP Internet Radio from his hotel suite, Paul described the scene in Sin City—where the minimum gambling (and drinking) age is 21—as things unfolded.
“We’re minutes from going down and doing the Vegas screening,” he told host Zachary Sang.
“I’ve never been to this town before in my life. It’s quite interesting…And I just turned 21 at the beginning of the month.
“So I think I’m entitled to have a pretty good time. I’m looking forward to it. That’s just a quick insight into what I’m doing tonight.”
But hold on. The Italian-American actor who was born in New Jersey—and began his showbiz career doing impersonations of fellow Garden Stater Frank Sinatra—may not be a Rat Packer the making after all.
When Zach asked, “What game are you going to be playing? Where are you going to gamble all the winnings from Fame?” Paul, who plays aspiring filmmaker Neil Baczynsky, replied:
“All the bajillions of dollars—all of that money? Yea, right.
“You know, in reality, I’m just gonna take a Tylenol PM around nine and go to bed. I don’t want to tire myself out.
“It’s been a very long week.”
To hear Paul’s full interview, click here.