Boss, Da Plane! Da Plane!

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We found this piece of street art on the side of a tenement building in Little Italy, in New York City. The oddly-shaped poster features a black-and-white rendering of an American television icon, the late French actor Hervé Villechaize. The actor was a short person who endeared himself to millions of viewers of the television series Fantasy Island, which ran on the ABC television network from 1978 to 1984. On the program, Villechaize played the role of Tattoo, the trusty, French-accented sidekick to actor Ricardo Montalban’s vaguely aristocratic Mr. Roarke. Together they presided over an island called Fantasy. Each week a steady stream of visitors would arrive by seaplane at the tropical island paradise. At the beginning of every episode, Tattoo would announce the arrival of the seaplane from a bell tower, shouting, “Da plane! Da plane!”

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