Sopranos Star James Gandolfini Reunites With College Buddies In Second Commercial for Rutgers Football
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Sopranos star and Rutgers graduate, James Gandolfini and his longtime Rutgers buddies are at it again. After a very successful TV commercial in 2001 promoting Rutgers football head coach Greg Schiano and his Scarlet Knights, Jim Gandolfini and his friends, Mark Ohlstein, Vito Bellino, and Tom Richardson, have just wrapped-up the second TV commercial. In this year's commercial, entitled "Horse Head," Gandolfini promises his three college pals, who all hail from the Garden State, that they will have great seats at Rutgers Stadium for a Rutgers football game, "Close, real close," says Gandolfini. The three ask Gandolfini numerous times what he had to do to secure the seats and he answers, "Me, nothing." When the four arrive at the end of the tunnel and step onto the field, the friends cannot believe how Gandolfini pulled it off and how close they are to the action. Moments later the three friends are holding the Scarlet Knight mascot costume along with that of a horse. Not too happy, Ohlstein ends the commercial holding the knights head and sarcastically says, "Close, real close." "We really enjoyed filming another commercial," said Ohlstein. "The four of us don't get many opportunities to be back on campus together. This commercial allowed us to relive old times while giving back to our Alma Mater and Rutgers football. We are all very excited about the direction Coach Greg Schiano is taking the Rutgers football program." The Scarlet Knights and Greg Schiano open up the 2002 season versus Villanova on Saturday, August 31st at Rutgers Stadium. Rutgers returns seventeen starters from last year's squad including pre-season All-BIG EAST tight end, L. J. Smith. "Horse Head" will begin airing on Monday, August 5th on cable stations throughout New Jersey. The commercial was created by DKB & Partners, a New Jersey advertising agency. Michael Imperioli who plays Christopher Moltisanti on "The Sopranos," directed the 30-second spot for Perretti Productions. Last year, Mr. Imperioli directed the first 30-second spot featuring Gandolfini and friends, entitled, "The Fan." For media use only. Limited copies of the commercial are available upon request. Digital outtakes of the commercial and bios of the cast may be downloaded at http://www.scarletknights.com/media/fan.htm. To receive a copy of the spot or to schedule an interview, please contact John Wooding at Rutgers Sports Media Relations, 732 445-4200. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X36935282
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