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PAGE 12 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 7, 2017 ABOUT THIS & THAT with Daniel A. DiCenso The Tragic Death of Brandon Lee Brandon Lee, a rising star who, like his legendary father, was gone too soon. As far as the courts were con- The scene moved forward cerned, the death of Brandon with no one guessing that the Lee on the set of The Crow was fate of Brandon Lee was al- an accident. Too many hands ready tragically sealed. About were involved in preparing the eighty people were on site when gun used in the scene, said the Massee fired the revolver fifteen court, that it was impossible to feet from Lee. Lee managed to pinpoint a single person respon- detonate the squib before be- sible. Indeed; the more we read ing hit in the abdomen and into the tragedy that befell the collapsing. 28-year-old actor, the farther According to an eyewitness away we seem to get to finding present, "It didn't really appear a real culprit and the stranger to the people on the set like any- the case seems to get. thing was wrong." And not until Certainly it involved some the cameras stopped roiling did ignorance of how firearms work the crew realize the actor was and this was a dangerous sub- hurt and bleeding immensely. ject to be unaware of when An ambulance was quickly dis- breaking from the standard patched and Lee was sent to the Hollywood practice of using New Hanover Regional Medical dummy cartridges for shoot- Center in Wilmington, North ing scenes. The .44 Magnum Carolina, where the filming was revolver had been used before taking place. He was stabilized in the picture and the set-up and surgeons quickly tried to for the fatal scene involved Lee stop the bleeding and repair the walking into his apartment intestinal and vascular damage. carrying a grocery bag to find By the time his family arrived, a mobster played by the late he had been transferred to the Michael Massee waiting to kill intensive care unit and he never him. The set-up was simple woke up. He died on March 31, enough. Massee's character 1993. would fire dummy cartridges at Much confusion and some Lee while Lee detonated a squib finger pointing followed but, from the grocery bag, a small ultimately, the death was ruled explosive that, combined with an accident. The movie was the firing of dummy cartridges finished with the use of stunt (real bullets with the powder doubles and computer graph- removed), created the illusion ics. Director Alex Proyas "was of a gunshot, nex;er to become a major force However, not was all ok when in Hollywood, a good portion of director Alex Proyas (making his his subsequent work (Knoudng, directorial debut in America} Gods of F_,gypt, etc.)being bom- started fdming the scene. In barded by critics. But The Crow an earlier scene in which the became his biggest hit (both in revolver was fired, the crew America and his native Austra- unknowingly left the primer in lia} and, along with Dark City place when they reinstated the and/, Robot, remains among his blank bullets into the revolver, best-liked work. Though Para- Later, this bullet became lodged mount dropped the stigmatized partway into the barrel. When picture, Miramax took a gamble fired, it would be released with that paid off. The Crow became the same amount of force as a a box-office smash, aided in loaded bullet. To add an extra fact" by those seeing it as the layer of bad luck, J.B. Jones, legacy of Brandon Lee. Michael the film's special effects wiz, Massee, the unfortunate actor and stunt coordinator Jeff who unwittingly fired the fatal Irnada had both left the set, shot, took a brief hiatus from leaving no one knowledgeable acting and though he returned about props on sight, to some success with TheAmaz- Parla Come Mangi! You Eat!) ing Spider-Man in 2012 and its sequel, he never got over the Benvenuti! This time of the year announcing the arrival of spring, incident. "I don't think you ever the awakening of nature and the renewal of life is filled with great get over something like that," he anticipation in Abruzzo. In preparation for Pasqua (Easter), eggs, said in 2005. the symbol of life, are used to prepare many dishes like brodo di But blame was nowhere to be stracciatella where eggs are combined with chicory and endive, found. As Mark Harris wrote in and ~crambled in broth or the traditional timballo, where eggs are Entertainment Weekly, "In all hard-boiled and layered in between layers of crepes to make a sort likelihood, the cause of Brandon of lasagna. The typical Easter sweets are called pupe e cavalli in Lee's death is simpler, and so this region and consist of cookies shaped like girls (pupe) for the perhaps more horrifying: Some- girls and horses (cavalli) for the boys. In these sweets, raw eggs in body made a mistake." the shell are cast fight into the cookie dough and cook as the cookie And yet, there were those bakes in the oven to wishprosperity and life. The earthy cuisine of who were not satisfied with Abruzzo reflects the farming and livestockproduction typical of this so simple an explanation, a region with recipes that originate in the kitchens of the shepherd's common phenomenon when a wives. Sheep, goats, and lambs are still raised following the trans- terrible tragedy is explained so humance farming method where they graze on alpine meadows in simply. Popular culprits in the the warm season and are brought to lower valleys as the fall arrives eyes of conspiracy theorists are and leads in to the winter. As a result, their meat is tender and the Triads, a violent gang based tasty and their milk is of outstanding quality. Lamb has always in Hong Kong that forms part of been an important part of the Mediterranean culture as it was used the Chinese underworld. The as a sacrificial animal in ancient times and early Christian rituals. grudge, according to rumors, The Lamb of God, in the New Testament, is the symbol for Jesus, traces back to Lee's father, particularly during the Easter season. This traditional recipe fTom Bruce Lee, who popularized Abruzzo called agnello all'uovo e limone combines lamb with egg martial arts in America and and lemon, is very easy to prepare, and would make a wonderful became a legend. Indeed, the addition to your Easter menu. Enjoy this delicious beloved dish with similarities between Brandon's a glass of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. Buona Pasqua a tutti! death and that of his father Agnello All'uovo e Limone twenty years earlier are undeni- ably shocking. Both father and (Lamb with Egg and Lemon) son died while filming a movie 1 cup finely chopped onionsSalt and pepper to taste and both deaths were untimely. 4 oz ham All-purpose flour Supposedly, the Triads were an- 2 Tbsp butter 1 cup meat stock gered by Bruce Lee's stardom as Nutmeg 1 cup dry white wine it was exposing secrets of mar- 2 Ibs leg of lamb (deboned 2 egg yolks tial arts and killed him when he and chopped} Juice of I lemon ignored their warnings. After his son became a star, it is claimed, Preparation: Cut the ham into thin strips and saut6 it with but- they continued their vendetta ter and onion in a stew pot. Season with salt, pepper and grated making sure he wouldn't follow nutmeg. Toss the pieces of lamb in flour, add to the onion and in his father's footsteps, and so brown lightly. Pour over the meat stock and simmer, allowing to sabotaged the props on the set. thicken. Add the wine, salt to taste, cover and cook over low heat Talking of the conspiracy for about 2 hours. When cooked, remove the lamb from the pot, theories last October in The transfer to a serving platter and keep warm. Remove the pot from Telegraph, Tim Robey said, theheat, beat the egg yolks with the lemon juice and stir into the "This is all stuff for fetishists of meat juices. Return the pot to the stove and whisk continuously the macabre. The real solution over a very low heat until the sauce is frothy. Pour over the lamb to Brandon's initially-baffling and serve immediately. Buon appetito! demise was a one-in-a-million Agnello All'uovo e Limone instance of the wrong gun being 1 cup di cipollefinemente 1 Kg di coscia d'agnello {disos- unloaded on him, at the wrong time, and in the wrong anatomi- tritate sara e in pezzi} ca! place." 100 g di prosciutto cotto Farina Robey goes on, "Even now, 20 g di burro 250 ml di brodo di came coping with a dead star is no Sale e pepe q.b. 250 ml di vino bianco secco one's idea of easy. In 1993 it Noce moscata q.b. 2 tuorli was close to impossible, and Succo di un limone pushed the film's budget up Preparaz/one: Taglia fl prosciutto cotto a listarelle e soffriggilo considerably. To the huge relief in una pentola insieme al burro e alia cipolla. Aggiusta di sale e of all involved, they pulled it pepe e aggiungi della noce moscata. Passa i pezzi di agnello nella off. Though Paramount declined farina, agiungili alia cipolla e falli dorare. Aggiungi il brodo di to pick up what was now a came e fai soboUire fino a far addensare. Aggiungi il vino, regola markedly different proposition di sale, copri e cuoci a fiamma bassa per circa due ore. A cottura from the one they'd agreed to, ultimata rimuovi l'agnello dalla pentola, trasferiscilo in un piatto Miramax bought the rights da portata e tienilo in ca!do. Rimuovi la pentola dal fuoco, sbatti i instead." tuorli con il succo di limone ed aggiungili al sugo di came rimasto In a morbid way, Brandon Lee nella pentola. Metti la pentola sul fuoco e, a fiamma bassissima, managed to avoid one fate he mescola costantemente con una frusta fino ad ottenere una salsina always feared--standing in his cremosa. Versa sull'agnello e servi immediatamente. Buon appetito! father's shadow. He tried shift- ing away from martial arts mov- ies and The Crow was supposed to be his big breakthrough to stand on his own. Though through a horrible accident it didn't make him a star, it did create his legacy. If you would like to cook with me go to Alessandra Sambiase is an elementary and middle school Italian language teacher in the Catholic school system. She is also a cooking instructor and founder of "Parla come mangi!~ (speak as you eat!) cooking classes, where the passion for the Italian language meets the love for the Italian food. North End Friends of St. Francis House The North End Friends of St. Francis House goods, pastries, and goodies from North End Bake Bale and Flea Market will be held bakeries. Also, tons of treasures in our Flea on Saturday, April 7tk, from 8:00 am tillMarket. 6:00 pm, and Sunday, April 8th, from 9:00 am We will also be collecting SPARE CHANGE. till 1:00 pm at the Nazzaro Center, 30 North HELP US HELP THE HOMELESSII Bennet Street, in the North End. ~ Checks for any amount can be made out to We will have Mamma Romano's famous St. Francis House and mailed to Olivia Scimeca, eggplant sandwiches, as well as meatball 21 Cleveland Place, Apt. 5, Boston, MA 02113, and sausage sandwiches. Homemade baked or dropped off at the Nazzaro Center. Fully Insured Lic #017936 Heating & Air Conditioning Sales, Service & Installation Ken Shallow 617.593.6211