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By David Poland poland@moviecitynews.com

A Criminal-Justice Christmas for Sorvino and Renfro

Also ripped late today from the pages of the tabloids, actress Mira Sorvino achieved a lifelong goal–even if it was someone else’s–when she was sworn in Tuesday as a Lackawanna (Pa.) County deputy sheriff.
According to the Daily News’s Rush and Molloy, Sorvino follows in the footsteps of her father, Paul, who filmed That Championship Season in Scranton in 1982. As for why, exactly, his daughter was so honored, Sorvino joined actual sheriff John Szymanski in quasi-explaining:

Szymanski, who snapped her ID photo, said Sorvino “would be a nice addition to the force. She’s a very beautiful young lady.”

Lest any real cop take umbrage, Szymanski said the badge “doesn’t afford her any police powers. It’s ceremonial.” …

“Mira also knows how to handle a gun,” says the proud papa. “She used one in Human Trafficking and in The Replacement Killers.”

“Paul is in love with law enforcement,” said Szymanski, who has also made Paul’s son, Matthew, and Mira’s husband, Chris Backus, deputy sheriffs.

Wow. Well, I guess we should both cheer and stay the fuck away from the Sorvinos. While you are at it, do a little dance for Brad Renfro–recently arrested in Hollywood as that city’s latest Honorary Celebrity Junkie. This position is also ceremonial, including an arraignment, a sentencing and a prison term. Word is that Renfro also “loves law enforcement,” especially considering all the scag he is accused of buying from an undercover cop. Congrats to him as well, and best wishes to both for 2006!

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