Tommy Lee Gets Mixed Up With The Mafia — Onscreen

Musician plays clueless club bouncer Jimmy Tats in '10th & Wolf.'

Tommy Lee’s tattoos are finally going to come in handy — for the rocker’s first full-fledged acting role. Lee recently finished shooting his part for the film “10th & Wolf,” in which he plays a supporting part as a clueless club bouncer called Jimmy Tats.

Not everyone in the film has such a colorful name, which is somewhat surprising considering the material is about the mafia. Based on a real-life mob war in Philadelphia that took place during the late ’80s and early ’90s, “10th & Wolf” (which was actually shot in Pittsburgh) follows the attempts of one mob family (John Stanza’s) to wrest control of a piece of turf when the head of the another mob family (Nicadimis “Little Nicky” Scarfo) is incarcerated.

Scarfo’s extended family includes the Santoro brothers, Tommy (played by James Marsden) and Vincent (Brad Renfro), and their cousin Joey DeSimone (Giovanni Ribisi). Most of the action takes place at Joey’s club, Congress, located at the intersection for which the film is named, where Jimmy Tats works. The cast also includes Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Piper Perabo, Dash Mihok, Lesley Ann Warren and Brian Dennehy.

“I just did this role with some amazing actors,” Lee said. “[Ribisi] is amazing. It’s really hard-core, kind of violent. You’ll have to look for it. They’re just about done shooting it.”

The story was co-written by Chazz Palminteri, inspired by a story by FBI special agent Joe Pistone (the real-life “Donnie Brasco”). The film is currently in post-production, with a scheduled release in 2006.

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