What’s in a Whack? Pantoliano Explains


The Sopranos' Joe Pantoliano -- by the time you read this, he will be
The Handler's Joe Pantoliano -- explained to Broadcasting &
at the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards the finer points of getting
whacked, or not, as the case may be.

He said his character, Ralphie Cifaretto, didn't actually get "whacked."

"A whacking is an official, mob-sanctioned hit. I was killed in cold blood,"
he grinned, while hoisting his newly won Emmy backstage at the awards gala.
("Only in TV Land can you write, 'I was killed in cold blood,'" he grinned).

His new gig, The Handler, airs Friday at 9 p.m. on CBS.