Author doubts Capone was behind Valentine’s Day MassacreContinue reading.
Dominic Capone talks about his new show, his notorious relative and the black helicopters above his suburban subdivision
Cicero-born Dominic “Dom” Capone, 37, will start filming his new reality series, “The Capones,” in two weeks.
Cameras will follow the graduate of Lake Park High School in Bloomingdale both at home and at work, where one of his several jobs includes running Capone’s Restaurant and Pizzeria with his “meddling mother” Dawn, according to a Reelz Channel press release. The 10-part docuseries is slated to debut on Reelz cable network this fall.
In a phone interview Thursday, Capone talked about his upcoming show, what it’s like to have the last name Capone and what he thinks about critics who say shows like this perpetuate negative stereotypes about Italians:
Television is full of reality shows. What’s different about this one?
“I don’t think there’s too many people like me out there. I’m a good person. I make people laugh. People tend to trust me. I should be a psychiatrist because I could charge people for telling me all their problems. My life is pretty comical.”
Who else will be in the show?
“I have a couple of my buddies: Bart, my buddy Meatball, my buddy Sausage.”
His live-in girlfriend of 12 years, Staci, also will be featured (she’s the one in the photo on the desk), along with a woman described in the press materials as his ex-girlfriend, Madness Cherry Lips (pictured in the black dress, next to Dawn Capone who’s wearing red).
“She’s not really my exgirlfriend. She was a very close friend of mine. Kind of like a wild animal without a leash. She’s a great person. We were better off being friends than lovers.”
Some people say shows that like this perpetuate negative stereotypes about Italians and the mob. How do you respond to that?
“I don’t really know what they’re thinking. I’ve had the same friends for over 30 years. People that know me and they know my family, they have nothing but good things to say about us. We never cheated anybody out of money or anything like that. For someone to just come out of the blue and say that’s just another typical thing, I don’t know what they’re thinking. I guess they’re just basing things off the name. What do they know? They don’t know anything.”
How are you related to Al Capone?
“My great great grandfather was Al Capone’s uncle, Michael Capone. People made a bigger deal about my lineage than I did. I’m my own person. A lot of my friends call me the modern-day Capone. I laugh with them about it.”
Are you proud of being a Capone?
“It’s actually opened more doors for me than closed doors. It’s kind of cool in a way.”
What do you have in common with Al?
“I know a lot of stories. When I was filming some of the documentaries years ago [Dom Capone has had various acting gigs] I was able to meet and take pictures with some of the people that had worked with him. They were telling me stories about him, that he was a cheerful guy. He made people laugh. He was real humble. It’s pretty ironic, when I walked out on set and I was all dressed up, the guys were crying because of how much I resembled him.”
Where will the show take place?
“Part of it will probably take place in the restaurant and probably the majority will be in my house, out in the Northwest Suburbs.”
Which Northwest Suburb?
“It’s kind of out there. You have to watch the show.”
How did you get involved in the restaurant business?
“My family was in the restaurant business their whole lives. They kind of suck you into it. That’s just what I know. I got a couple other businesses that I do on the side, which you have to watch the show for that. For the most part, the restaurant is kind of like my headquarters.”
Will mob lore be part of the show?
“I don’t know what’s going to happen. I live a pretty interesting life. Sometimes there’s black helicopters flying around my subdivision and sometimes the milkman leaves me extra gallons of milk by accident. I don’t know.”
Press materials say the show will have a film component, where you and the cast recommend movies?
“I don’t know anything about it. I do like movies.”
What are some of your favorites?
“Believe it or not, it’s not going to be too many gangster films. I’ll tell you one of my favorite movies: ‘Big Fish.’”
What are we going to be surprised to learn about you?
“You’re going to be surprised how humble I am with people.”
Are you nervous about doing a reality show?
“Not really. I don’t really do anything I’m ashamed of.”