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DeVito goes Crazy

03.11.2009

This is an entirely true story. Back in my pre-teen years, a friend and I were sitting around one bored, hot summer. We wanted money to buy comics so we started looking for ways to earn some cash. Digging around his garage we found a lifesize cardboard cutout of 80s commercial mainstay Crazy Eddie. We took that cutout, a Polaroid camera and stood on the corner of a major thoroughfare and offered people a photo with Crazy Eddie for $1.

While that gives you a window into my insanity, it also serves as a reminder just how popular Crazy Eddie was in his heyday (more than a few people stopped to take us up on our offer). While I thought that his notoriety and popularity was limited to the NYC tri-state area where his stores were primarily located, a biopic based on the legitimately crazy life of Eddie Antar is in the works. Danny DeVito is set to direct and produce CRAZY EDDIE based on a script by Peter Steinfeld (21). The film will follow Antar's rise to a multi-millionaire and his fall from grace when a stock fraud scheme caught up with him. Antar wound being sentenced to eight years in jail and was forced to pay over $150 million in fines. No word yet on when filming might begin.

Extra Tidbit: The guy in the commercials is not Antar himself but an actor hired for the part.
Source: Variety

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4:47PM on 03/11/2009

He's Insane!!!

I remember crazy Eddie. Man that was a long time ago. found some commercials on you tube

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I remember crazy Eddie. Man that was a long time ago. found some commercials on you tube

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2:49PM on 03/11/2009
Yep, what the heck is this "Crazy Eddie"? Some old cartoon?

I do seem to recall that Futurama had a robot character named "Crazy Eddie", though.
Yep, what the heck is this "Crazy Eddie"? Some old cartoon?

I do seem to recall that Futurama had a robot character named "Crazy Eddie", though.
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2:45PM on 03/11/2009

Craaaaazy Eddie!!!

Great story, Mike.

I remember Crazy Eddie very well.
Great story, Mike.

I remember Crazy Eddie very well.
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12:11PM on 03/11/2009

Who the hell is Crazy Eddie?

As a gaming geek, I know "Crazy Igor" pretty well, but never heard of "Crazy Eddie". Maybe I lived under a rock.
As a gaming geek, I know "Crazy Igor" pretty well, but never heard of "Crazy Eddie". Maybe I lived under a rock.
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