The Best Character From ‘Goodfellas’ Is Suing The Simpsons

Entertainment — October 22, 2014 at 2:54 pm by

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Frank Sivero, everyone’s favorite mobster, claims that The Simpsons ripped off his shtick…I for one am buying the hype. The character in question, Louie, which happens to be the sidekick to a mobster in numerous episodes of The Simpsons. Coincidence? I think not…Over 10 years of this Louie character popping up on Simpson episodes, and boom, Frankie has had enough. Sivero is suing Fox for 250 million, claiming they created a character based off of Frankie Carbone from “Goodfellas.” The actor claims that he once lived in the same apartment complex as The Simpsons creator, so he was able to get a sense of his famous character.

Claiming that the long-long-running animated series has made $12 billion over the decades from TV, the big screen, video games, and other revenue streams, Sivero alleges in his very detailed 5-claim complaint that Simpsons producer James L. Brooks was “highly aware of who Sivero was, the fact that he created the role of Frankie Carbone, and that The Simpsons character Louie would be based on this character.” For one, they want $50 million in damages for loss of his likeness, another $50 million in actual loss for “improper appropriation of Plaintiff’s confidential idea,” $50 million more in exemplary damages, and $100 million for “improper interference.” Claiming a loss of “prospective economic advantage” and industry “type-casting.” 

Frank has got some valid points, much like the time he sued a deli for making the “Frankie Carbone,” sandwich without permission…

Whether this is a ludicrous lawsuit or not, lets appreciate the greatness that is Frankie Carbone…

via guardian

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