61st Montecarlo Television Festival: in conversation with Darko Peric

Most of you know him as Helsinki: the big man with the kind soul of Money Heist; but in the last two years, Darko Peric has shaken off the Netflix series and has built a strong link with Italy. After being a guest, in June 2021, at the AmiCorti Film Festival in Peveragno (where he started talking about a collaboration with Italian…

61st Montecarlo Television Festival: Massimiliano Gallo e Denise Capezza ci raccontano il loro “Vincenzo Malinconico – Avvocato d’insuccesso” perché “C’è un po’ di Malinconico in tutti noi”

E’ in arrivo stasera, giovedì 20 ottobre, su Rai1, il personaggio tratto dai romanzi di Diego De Silva il quale, da ex avvocato, per usare proprio le parole di Massimiliano Gallo, “ha descritto in modo molto intelligente questo mondo”; e, vedendo la reazione del pubblico straniero in sala, ci siamo resi conto di quanto fosse…

61st Montecarlo Television Festival: in conversation with Jane Seymour, the extraordinary Harry Wild

A recently retired English professor, Harry Wild, discovers a real knack for investigation and cannot help but interfere with the cases assigned to her police detective son. This is the plot for the new comedy thriller drama starring Dr Queen-Medicine Woman star Jane Seymour. But Mrs Seymour is much more than her characters, she is…

“Risposte o sangue?” “Sangue”: Terminal List. Taylor Kitsch, Antoine Fuqua e David DiGilio al 61st Montecarlo Television Festival.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Tratto dal romanzo di Jack Carr, Terminal List, è la nuova serie action-thriller in arrivo su Amazon Prime in 240 paesi diversi il 1º luglio. La squadra del comandante James Reece viene uccisa in una tragica imboscata durante il suo ultimo dispiegamento. Quando James (Chris Pratt) torna a casa, scopre che le persone più…

FTV Montecarlo 2022: The Offer or the never revealed experiences of making The Godfather

The Offer is the new limited series by Paramount+ based on Oscar®-winning producer Albert S. Ruddy’s extraordinary, never-revealed experiences of making The Godfather. The extraordinary cast includes Miles Teller (Footloose, Top Gun Maverick) as Albert Ruddy, Matthew Goode (Match Point, Leap Year, Medieval, The Crown) as Robert Evans, Dan Fogler (Fantastic Beasts trilogy) as Francis…

Summer of Rockets: in conversation with Stephen Poliakoff and Helen Flint.

Summer of Rockets is the new BBC Two 6 part cold-war drama series by Stephen Poliakoff. A semi-autobiographical drama sets in 1957. Petrukhin (inspired by Poliakoff‘s father) is a Russian Jew maker of hearing aids with Winston Churchill in person on his customer’s book. At the 59th Montecarlo Television Festival, we sat down with writer…

“Being in Glee was like being part of Hamilton or One Direction” : Darren Criss at 58th Monte-Carlo Television Festival

Michele in the year that consecrates him as an international star not only for his vocal skills but also for his acting excellence. He talked to us about his experience as Andrew Cunanan in The Assassination of Gianni Versace based on the book, by Maureen Orth, Vulgar Favors. But not only…

D: Fashion is something I’m very passionate about (he is wearing a wonderful white suit with black flowers on it) but as an actor, I’m just in that world for a small part. So I’m very glad they chose me for this role. Especially because I had the opportunity to meet an extraordinary woman like Donatella Versace. And I love Italy and Italians. I lived in Arezzo where The Life is Beautiful is set…Buongiorno Principessa!!! Yes, I remember a little bit of Italian…I love languages. And I went to the Giffoni Festival a few weeks ago. I love Italy! Can’t wait to come back again. For Glee and Versace, as a white straight man (he is engaged to Mia Swier) I’m very proud that an important community like LGBT embraced me making me feel like one of them.

C: How did you approach your character?

D: People think you work differently if you play something dark…like if you have to go dark to make it. Truth is that you work in exactly the same way. It doesn’t matter if you’re doing a comedy, a sit-com, a thriller, or Shakespeare. Here we talked about something real. The thing with Andrew is that the audience is not connected with his world. It’s a huge obstacle because now we are not paying attention to the performance but to the impersonation: his conflicts and his fears. We were constantly moving between the ’70s and the ’90s so it was impossible to make my look changing so often but it’s not what matters in this series and this story.
I built my character from the book as it is a very good piece of investigative journalism and people come to me like all the time from all around the world talking about Andrew. And it’s amazing the things you hear; ’cause his personality, etc…, get finally sense.”

C: How was working with Ryan Murphy?

D: Before this project, we didn’t really work together… together; like making your hands dirty together. He was my boss and stop. It’s like being a friend of a football star. You know him, his family but you’ve never seen him play football. Even if you know it’s what he is famous for. Then suddenly you see him make his magic…that’s what happened with Ryan. He is such a terrific guy.

C: How can you explain the empathy that the audience can grow with your character even if he is a real person who murdered people?

D: I think this has more to do with human compassion than with our work. As a human I believe we are hopelessly optimistic; so I think it’s our research of his redemption this empathy we feel. Our story gives the audience some prospects they never had the occasion to look at before. Obviously what he did is terrible, unforgivable. But there is also another tragedy in this story: Andrew potential. If you look at the stereotypical US serial killers you see they are all people with this amazing and huge potential. Before becoming a serial killer, Andrew was living this great life in San Diego. He was smart and charming,… so we have to wonder why the fall, and we become like frustrated faithful friends. But this doesn’t mean we forget him.

C: Which is your favorite memory from Glee?

D: When I joined the cast, Glee was a huge phenomenon already, so it was, for me, like joining Hamilton or One Direction. I don’t have a special memory because I love everything about that show.