Staten Island Advance
updated March 25, 2015 at 6:40 PM

PBA's Pat Lynch calls for boycott of Lillo Brancato movie: Asks 'people not to support this thug'

By Kristin F. Dalton

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - - Not everybody thinks Lillo Brancato deserves a second chance at fame and fortune. 

The New York City Patrolmen's Benevolent Association (NYCPBA) President Patrick J. Lynch released a statement yesterday following the announcement that Lillo Brancato would be returning to the silver screen. 

"We will never be able to forgive and forget the role that that junkie Lillo Brancato played in the death of hero Police Officer Daniel Enchautegui. To that end we ask all right-thinking people not to support this thug's acting career by avoiding this movie and any project in which he is involved," Lynch said. 

The announcement came yesterday that Brancato would be starring alongside Alec Baldwin, Mike Tyson and Danny Glover in the indie film "Back in the Day," produced by William DeMeo.

Brancato spent eight years behind bars before his 2013 release for being an accomplice in a botched armed robbery in 2005 where his accomplice Steven Armento, a low-level Genovese crime family associate, shot and killed off duty police officer Daniel Enchautegui. 

Lillo Brancato, 38, is best known for his role as Calogero Anello in "A Bronx Tale" and starred in the 2000 season of HBO's "The Sopranos." 

The actor told TMZ he expected this type of boycott, admitting "my actions and my drug addiction contributed to the death of that man." Brancato said he intends to prove he's a much different person now.