Donnie Brasco
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Donnie Brasco

Donnie Brasco

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Living… in New York City, where the Bonanno family is based. It might be the 1970s, but the Mafia is still strong in this part of New York.

Profession… undercover FBI agent, infiltrating the Bonanno family. Until he convinced the bureau to give him a shot, "Donnie" was stuck at a boring desk job. Initially, the FBI was reluctant about going undercover, but Donnie was convinced that this was the only way to take down the Donanno family. To get into their ranks, Donnie convinced them that he was a jewel guy from California– and ever since, he's been entering the Donanno inner circle while building NYC's biggest case against organized crime.

Interests… learning how to become a gangster from Lefty, the gangster who first took him in. Lefty tells him that, “A non-wiseguy never asks a wiseguy a question. A non-wiseguy don't even talk to a wiseguy unless the wiseguy talks to him first." In fact, "just keep your mouth shut and don't put business on the street.” Seems simple enough, right? But one wrong move, and Donnie and his case are both dead.

Relationship Status… taking a beating from his new job. A FBI wife knows not to ask what her husband's up to, but Maggie can’t rest easy. He told her the case would only take three months, but it’s been much longer than that, and she's worried. But Donnie can't talk to her about his work: he can't lose her, not when he took the case to make her proud.

Challenge… getting out alive with the case intact. The minute Donnie comes out, all his friends will be killed– because they trusted him. Now, Donnie has to choose between his responsibilities as a FBI agent or his loyalties to his new Mafia buddies– and he has to choose fast. As Donnie wretchedly explains, “Eight million people in the city of New York are in danger from these guys. If I walk away from my case this city will be more gone than ever.”

Personality… devoted and ambitious. All his life, Donnie's wanted to be part of a pack, to do something great. He’s always been one step behind, but this could finally be his chance to make it big.

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