Mario Cuomo has gone Robert Redford one better.
Last week Redford let it slip that he didn’t see The Sting, his Oscar-winning 1973 film, until 2004.
Now Cuomo says he has finally seen The Godfather after a 41-year boycott that began in 1972. He started before Redford and outlasted him, too.
Redford’s case seemed like sheer negligence, but Cuomo had a reason: he didn’t like the way the movie glorified the Mafia.
[Cuomo] expressed dismay that films like “The Godfather” and television programs like “The Sopranos” delivered a “horrible” message by stereotyping Italian-Americans for taking the law into their own hands to seek revenge and sanctioning murder.Prodded by the moderator, Prof. Thane Rosenbaum, and his fellow panelist, Larry King, Mr. Cuomo refused to draw a distinction between entertainment and what he considered the insidious immoral message conveyed by Mafia movies.“You demean our system of law and order by saying if you want to get justice you mow down the bums,” Mr. Cuomo said.