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Gyp Rosetti is a main character in the third season of Boardwalk Empire. He is played by American actor Bobby Cannavale. Gyp Rosetti is a violent Sicilian gangster from New York City that gets in conflict with Nucky Thompson.

Biography

Background

Gyp Rosetti was born and raised in Sperlinga, a township in north-central Sicily, Italy. He is very sensitive to comments about his ignorance and those that disrespect him - or those that he thinks are disrespecting him at least. ("Resolution")

Season 3

Nucky and Margaret Thompson plan a lavish Egyptian themed party on December 31, 1922 to commemorate the new year. Nucky invites his bootlegging contacts from New York, including Rosetti. Rosetti's car has a flat tire in Tabor Heights, New Jersey. His entourage of thugs and criminals attempt to change it but find the wheel nuts stuck in place by rust. A passing motorist, Mr. Johansen, offers help. Johansen inflames Rosetti's temper when he acts as though he should know that "3 in 1" refers to oil. Rosetti beats Johansen to death and takes his dog with him to Atlantic City.

Nucky's party is a huge success. The guests are delighted with the themed design. Nucky has Eddie Cantor bring Billie Kent with him to provide musical entertainment for the crowd. They pull him up for a dance, comparing him to King Tutankhamen. Gyp is not impressed when Eddie interrupts him as he tries to buy rum from Nucky.

Just before midnight Nucky assembles his bootlegging contacts in the kitchen. He tells them that because of the attention on the Harding administration he is going to be supplying Arnold Rothstein exclusively. Rosetti is incensed and delivers a tirade of abuse on Nucky and his associates before storming out. On his way to the door he gives the dog to Margaret, telling her that it is for her children. ("Resolution")

Gyp Rosetti wakes up at the Kindred Lodge in Tabor Heights, New Jersey. He is met at the door by his lieutenant, Tonino, who has cold coffee and questions about their purpose in town. Gyp ignores him and approaches the gas jockey at the neighboring filling station. He ascertains that Tabor Heights is the last refueling point in New Jersey when travelling from Atlantic City to New York.

That night Gyp eats at the local diner. He is amused to find spaghetti and meatballs on the menu and tries to order some wine to go with it. Sheriff Sickles emerges from the rest room and tells Gyp that the coffee is good. Gyp settles for the legal accompaniment and jokes with Tonino that the dish is just like mama used to make.

Nucky's convoy stops in Tabor Heights as planned but they find the gas station deserted and the pumps locked. Owen tries to break in, looking for a key. Gyp emerges from the darkness with Sheriff Sickles and announces that he has bought the station and will not be supplying them. He has set up an ambush with at least a dozen armed men waiting in town. With no viable alternative, Owen turns the convoy around to head back to Atlantic City. ("Spaghetti and Coffee")

Memorable Quotes

  • "What's that? A gun? I got a gun. He got a gun. He got a gun... Everybody got guns!" (Season 3 Trailer)
  • "Not personal? What the fuck is life, if it's not personal?!" (Season 3 Trailer)
  • "Gyp Rosetti is trouble for everyone." - Nucky Thompson (Season 3 Trailer)
  • "Why don't you go sit in the corner, short pants?" ("Resolution")

Appearances

Season three appearances
"Resolution" "Spaghetti and Coffee" "Bone for Tuna" "Blue Bell Boy"
"You'd Be Surprised" "Ging Gang Goolie" "Sunday Best" "The Pony"
"The Milkmaid's Lot" "A Man, A Plan..." "Two Imposters" "Margate Sands"
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