Abel Ferrara's movie 4:44 Last Day On Earth just premiered at the 49th annual New York Film Festival, and it features NY1's (and New York City's) very own Pat Kiernan, who made a cameo in the film. George Whipple talked to the director about his coworker's time in front of the camera, and Ferrara gave him this message: "Pat, you outdid yourself, bro. We tried to get an actor to do you, but we couldn't. He couldn't come close." So... who could play Pat Kiernan on the big screen, if we were forced to have something less than the real thing? We asked Kiernan himself...

The newsman told us, "One of the Broadway chat rooms once did a NY1 Fantasy Casting thread and they settled on Aaron Tveit. He's younger and hunkier than the real me, but had a similar look. I was quite pleased with the choice." What do you say, New York?

As for playing himself in this film, Kiernan told us, "Like a lot of the 'Pat Kiernan as himself' roles I've played, I never left NY1 and didn't have anyone from the production in the room when the camera was rolling, so the only feedback I got at the time was from my NY1 colleagues. I think we concluded at the time that it 'seemed OK'... So if it actually integrated well into the movie that's a combination of good guidance from the director and a little bit of luck in the delivery. The other roles I've acted have been 'as myself' but haven't involved stories where I would have been personally affected. So this one was tough and a little unsettling. I was supposed to be something more than a dispassionate newsman." (He still has yet to see the final product.)