Sorting out what is and isn’t real on ‘The Capones’

Written By By LORI RACKL Posted: 03/03/2014, 12:44pm
Array The address listed by Dominic Capone on driving records is this house in Bloomingdale. | Brian O'Mahoney/For Sun-Times Media

Dominic Capone — no stranger to the camera, having played a mobster in R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet” and impersonated Big Al in the 2001 TV documentary “The Real Untouchables,” among other roles — insisted nothing is “really scripted” on “The Capones.”

“It’s real. The characters are all real,” Dominic said at the TV critics’ summer press tour.

Some points to consider:

» Dominic told me over the summer that the suburban mansion he and Staci Richter live in on “The Capones” is his home in Barrington, and he’s lived there since roughly 2007. Property records show no evidence of him owning a house in or anywhere near the affluent northwest suburb. The address he lists on driving records is his mother’s house in west suburban Bloomingdale. “The Capones” producers tried — and failed — to get permission from the village of Inverness to film at a swanky estate there last summer. Co-producer Curtis Leopardo did not respond to a recent email request asking where Dominic’s mystery mansion is and whether he owns it.

» Around the time Reelz announced the show in early April, a Craigslist want ad for actresses was posted for a new reality series filming in Chicago and Lombard. “We are on the hunt for the fiercest Italian ladies Chicago has to offer to add to our already amazing cast,” read the ad, listing “pretty as a Disney princess” as one of the requirements. When asked about the Craigslist solicitation at the summer press tour, co-producer Cara Leopardo said she knew nothing about it.

» A woman identified as an Asylum Entertainment segment producer reached out to Alexian Brothers Health System during filming, asking to use Alexian Brothers’ facilities. “Honestly, it doesn’t even have to be IN an actual hospital, just need the room to look like a standard hospital room,” read the emailed request.

Alexian Brothers took a pass, a spokesman for the northwest suburban health system said.

“When we inquired whether this was a reality show, they responded ‘not entirely,’ ” the spokesman said.

Asylum’s Koch said he knew nothing about the request, but in general, these kinds of arrangements are the nature of the beast.

“All reality shows are supported by storylines,” Koch said. “Sometimes you have to fill in the blanks and try to figure out how to make it coherent for the audience.”

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