There is a tide in the affairs of men
Which taken at the flood leads on to fortune
The words of Billy Shakespeare resonate with Billy V!
Billy V. Vigeant is an actor who has done everything he can to be ready for his time. It does seem to be coming together. In the upcoming 9 Days Down Merrimack, Billy put his heart and soul into the audition for the part of Augusto Ruggiero. He did not get it. Now that might be devastating but for the fact he got a better part, Jimmy “The Clam” DiPrima. The Clam is a criminal on the run, but street guy that he is, can’t leave the life and continues racketeering in Lowell. He’s a marked man with another versatile actor, Franco Trombino working on the hit.
This is not to say our man has not has some good innings previously. Billy V has had the role of Officer Watkins in several episodes of the ABC series Body of Proof.
Still, nothing has been handed him. He has worked his way up from background, to day player, to co-star and now lead.
To get a lead role is a triumph, but for Billy V that’s not all that is happening. Amongst the irons in the fire, Billy is one of the stars of Fedoras, a web series of gangsters set in the 1930s. If it’s anything, it’s fun as he plays Don Nino Ponticello.
Another mafia flick, God Only Knows, directed by James Mottern, allows him to play a boss. God only knows it must have been a privilege to work with Harvey Keitel. Hey, Billy is used to it, having worked with Eric Roberts, Michael Berryman and Jonathan Silverman, not to mention Ben Affleck and also Christian Bale in The Fighter.
Mr. Vigeant has that voice and build that lends itself to the gangster and cop roles. That doesn’t mean Billy can’t do other genres such as horror. He plays Mumbo in Self Storage, a movie that will be out on video on demand and in 15 theaters in June. It’s about a fiesta that turns into a night of tragedy. Tom DeNucci and The Woodhaven Production Company must have liked his work because he is going to be part of their Army of the Damned, filming in April, an action thriller about a reality show gone wrong. I know there’s an oxymoron in there somewhere.
Judging form his pictures in the Russian spy movie, Killing Khan, he might get his own action figure.
So many projects all at once. Of course, that’s understandable if you know a motto of Billy’s, Test Yourself. He feels so passionate about it that it’s on a brick from his alma mater.
Billy should be testing himself for a long time. There is one thing he would like to try. He’s played cops and villains many times. How about the challenge of a role where he is both constable and bad guy? With A personality like Billy’s the script could almost write itself.