New York Daily News

March 24, 2015, 8:11 AM



Lillo Brancato lands first movie role in ‘Back In The Day’ following jail stint; police union head calls for boycott


If a fiery police union boss gets his way, there will not be a Hollywood ending for ex-convict Lillo Brancato.

The former pill-popping actor who served eight years for his role in the 2005 death of NYPD officer Daniel Enchautegui is back at work on a new movie. But Brancato’s tale of remorse is a big flop for cops.

Patrick Lynch, head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, called Tuesday for a boycott of the boxing flick, “Back in the Day.”

“Danny's loving sister cannot lay her head on a pillow or wake in the morning without the constant pain of her brother's loss,” Lynch told the Daily News.

Brancato, 38, said he kicked drugs and found God during his stint in an upstate prison.

“I don’t think (a boycott) is fair. I’ve worked my butt off since I’ve come home ... there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of that day and how I wish I could change its outcome, but I can’t,” he told The News.

During an interview, the “Bronx Tale” actor didn’t say the name of the officer killed until asked if he remembered it.

“Of course. Daniel Enchautegui. Sometimes it pains me too much, he's not here anymore that's something I gotta live with forever,” he said, adding that he’d like to sit down with the PBA to show them “the person I’ve become.”

It wasn’t a performance the PBA could believe in.

“Brancato can look for his forgiveness and redemption somewhere else because he's not going to find it among the ranks of NYC police officers,” Lynch said.

Brancato was put behind bars after he and his associate Steven Armento attempted to steal prescription drugs from a Bronx apartment. Officer Enchautegui, who was off-duty, was shot dead by Armento. The 28-year-old hero cop managed to shoot Brancato twice. The actor-turned-felon was acquitted of murder, but convicted of burglary. Armento is serving a life sentence.

Enchautegui’s sister, his only living relative, said Brancato’s rising star opened old wounds.

“Why is it always about him? My brother isn’t here, he never got to meet my grandkids, he would have loved them. Why is it always about Lillo?” Yolanda Rosa asked.

William DeMeo, a longtime friend of Brancato’s who gave him the role in “Back in the Day,” said he was upset by the PBA’s reaction, but knew what prompted it.

“Being that I'm from Brooklyn and I know from growing up on the streets how important loyalty is, I respect Mr. Lynch's decision to be loyal to one of his own,” the actor and filmmaker said.

The boxing flick is directed by Paul Borghese and also stars Alec Baldwin, Danny Glover, Mike Tyson and DeMeo.