Actors in Mafia Movie Arrested for Mob Ties

Italian Oscar contender sees 3 cast members accused of crimes
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2008 1:10 PM CDT
In this May 18, 2008, file photo, from left, Italian actors Maria Nazionale, Toni Servillo and Italian director Matteo Garrone arrive for the premiere of the film "Gomorrah" in Cannes.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Bernardino Terracciano is the latest actor in the Naples mafia exposé Gomorrah to be arrested by Italian police, the Telegraph reports. One of several locals cast by director Matteo Garrone to give the film a touch of realism, Terracciano is suspected of extorting protection money as part of the Casalesi family. Co-star Biovanni Venosa was arrested in July.

Authorities have been cracking down in the Naples region on crime connected to the Camorra organization. Eighteen people have been killed by the Casalesi clan since May, and the investigative journalist whose writings inspired Garrone's film has needed police protection. Gomorrah was selected by Italy to represent the country in next year's Best Foreign Film Oscar category.