Call it box office magic.
Actor Michael Imperioli said he “resorted to otherworldly means” to make the 1999 thriller “Summer of Sam.”
Imperioli, 57, made the fascinating revelation as part of Chip Baker’s new documentary Ghosts of the Chelsea Hotel (and Other Rock & Roll Stories) and claimed that the ritual took place during his stay at the famously haunted hotel.
“I had just started writing ‘Summer of Sam’ with Victor Colicchio – we wrote the script together,” the “Sopranos” star said, according to the deposition Exclusive report from Variety on the documentary’s trailer. “I really wanted to do it. So I met a witch who lived here who told me she could help me make it.”
According to the “White Lotus” alum, the “witch” claimed that the film would actually get made, even though it “wasn’t going to happen the way I imagined.”
“I was very ambitious at the time and I wanted to do it, so [I] “I resorted to otherworldly means to get it through the studio system,” Imperioli continued.
While Imperioli didn’t elaborate on what kind of magic was used, Summer of Sam was still directed and co-written by the legendary Spike Lee.
The thriller tells the story of Vinny (played by John Leguizamo) as he and his wife (Mira Sorvino), his punk rock friend (Adrien Brody) and aspiring adult film star (Jennifer Esposito) team up to discover the identity of a… to uncover the serial killer who terrorized New Yorkers in the summer of 1977.
Elsewhere in the clip, Imperioli recalled how “mythical” the hotel seemed to him, “especially if you’re an artist in New York, it looms very large and the idea of living here didn’t really seem possible.”
The Goodfellas star also claimed to have been the victim of a haunting himself during his stay at the hotel.
“I saw a ghost here,” Imperioli swore. “Some people might think I’m crazy and it’s nonsense or whatever. But I am not the only person who has seen this apparition of a woman, apparently from the late 19th century, whose future husband died on the Titanic.”
According to the actor, “She came from upstate or something and was here waiting for him, and when she found out what happened to him, she killed herself.”
“Ghosts of the Chelsea Hotel (and Other Rock & Roll Stories)” premiered Tuesday at New York’s Joe’s Pub and will be shown again next Monday before the documentary’s release in the US.