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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Farina Fed Up with Wannstedt Confusion

At first, actor Dennis Farina thought that it was neat that so many people mistook him for Pitt head coach Dave Wannstedt.

Now? Not so much.

"Christ, what a pain in the ass. At least once a week I hear, 'Yo Dave, we ever gonna' stop a running back again?'' Farina said in an exclusive telepathic interview with Panther Rants Tuesday. "I mean, for God's sake, he BETTER be hearing, 'Loved you in Midnight Run, man.'"

The porn stached and pompadoured Farina, a native of Chicago, first began hearing the comparisons when Wannstedt was hired as head coach of the Chicago Bears. Farina initially found them amusing until the Bears fell to the bottom of the National Football League under Wannstedt.

"I was in Mike Ditka's Restaurant once and some guy, who was drunk off of his ass, was convinced that I was Wanny and wanted a piece of me. I showed him my driver's license and everything and he still was reaching for a beer bottle to crack me with. Thankfully, Ditka was there and had the guy thrown out," Farina said.

The 63-year-old actor said that the cat calls died off a bit when Wannstedt went to the Miami Dolphins, a team with no true fans unless they're winning. But with Wannstedt being hired by Pitt in 2004, the complaining to him has grown exponentially. So much so that Farina has become a fan of the team in the hopes that the bitching and complaining will cease.

"Anything to shut these people the hell up. I know as much about this team now as the beat guys and I didn't even go to Pitt. Paul Rhodes, Ray Rice still running, Cavanaugh's vanilla offense, Buddy Morris making guys push cars. All of it," Farina said. "God, I hope that they make a bowl this year, or else it'll be more insufferable than working with Bruce Willis."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's a good thing for Farina that Wanny wasn't the Pitt coach when 'Striking Distance' was being filmed. I'm sure that someone would have wanted to put real bullets in the gun Robert Pastorelli shot Farina with in the film's climactic moments. Just to be sure that it really wasn't Wanny in disguise.