Keeping with the Mafioso theme of “Mickey Blue Eyes,” Tuesday’s preem after-party was held at that most Italian of Westside restaurants: Matteo’s. The decor is classic Chasen’s-in-Little-Italy with red banquettes, wine-dark wood and leopard-skin cloth. If Frank Sinatra had designed his mausoleum, this would be it. With the same buffet.
Co-star Joe Viterelli, who could be the poster boy for Mafia goombahs, said all Matteo’s needed was “a sprinkling of bookmakers” to truly evoke New York.
The preem setting would have been comfortable for what director Kelly Makin called the “Italian-American characters — I’m never sure what the right word is” he met while doing pre-filming research.
“It’s interesting how movies have influenced them,” the helmer said.
” ‘The Godfather’ is such a part of the culture, and they’re very aware of the movie and they like it. They’re also movie stars in their own culture and they really get a kick out of seeing themselves portrayed on film.”
Those on hand to see the romantic comedy included star Hugh Grant with girlfriend/exec producer Elizabeth Hurley, Warner Bros. execs Bob Daly, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Brad Ball, Castle Rock’s Andy Scheinman and Rob Reiner and Alan Horn. Guests included Dennis Hopper, Charlize Theron, Martin Landau, Eleanor Mondale, Milton Berle, Jacqueline Bisset, Larry King, Marvin and Barbara Davis, Mike DeLuca, John Burnham and Joel Silver.