Kurt Kassovitz (aka the Bunny)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Date with the Night”
Able to make even the meekest of monks lose his sh**, sharp-witted Kurt “The Bunny” Kassovitz is observant, conniving, and extremely opportunistic. A skilled gambler and trained boxer, this Austrian native has experienced more than his fair share of sexy women, grueling rivalries, and drunken escapades. Searching for something more than another night in jail or outrunning the husbands of mob wives, Kurt finds himself under the employment of an underworld information broker. It was only a matter of time before Kurt befriended Tampa’s most infamous mercenary.
Born in an impoverished Austria to a single father whose wife died in child birth, Kurt had to learn how to work and pay bills before he was seven. His father did his best to be a good parent. But in the cold climates where an honest day’s work was scarce, his father often had to leave town for days on end, leaving Kurt to fend from himself.
Kurt didn’t attend a traditional public school. Instead, he received an education in prestigious brothel that served high-end aristocratic clients. There was something about his casual lack of authority and ability to hold a mature conversation at such a young age that the Madam took favor on him.
The Madam along with dozens of her clients ended up teaching Kurt how to read, write and their own philosophies on the way the world works. Under their tutelage, Kurt garnered a love for gambling, booze and the pleasures of women. Being taught such skills at an early age added with a natural gift to get under people’s skin with sharp insults and backhanded remarks, the Bunny incurred envy and jealousy from the other boys, prompting fights and being jumped in back alleys. And so…Kurt took up boxing lessons from one of the Madam’s clients.
Boxing was a good outlet for a playboy with a loose tongue. He excelled at it, reveled in it, entering circuits and winning tournaments. He earned the nickname “the Bunny” for his exceptional bobbing and weaving skills that seemed as if he was always bouncing around even though his feet were perfectly cemented to ground to deliver those vicious haymakers that came the hips.
When he was sixteen, the Bunny traveled with his father to Tampa Bay to take in work at the port as longshoremen. The big city was more temptation than the Bunny could handle. He easily fell into the wrong crowd, experimented with drugs and had a falling out with his father before leaving the nest. For the next four years, the Bunny would move his way living from girlfriend to girlfriend and dressing the part of a high-roller from his success in the casinos. But his reputation began to build and owners eventually got tired of his Austrian narcissism.