What is the best thing that I love about my work?
Becoming someone else either on stage or in front of the camera it’s without any doubt the most exciting part of my work. Stretching my imagination to grasp a glimpse of a character’s persona fills me with unique vitality and keeps my brain working.
What is my idea of perfect happiness?
I don’t believe in happiness. May be it all stems from the fact I don’t quite like the english sound of the word itself. I believe more in “ balance “ , in “ awareness “ ,in “ acceptance “. Accepting our limits, acknowledging our flaws brings peace and helps to keep the stress away.
What is my greatest fear?
Definitely solitude. People are more lonely today than during my parent’s time. Solitude is around the corner, it hides behind the screen of a computer, sits next to you when you are watching Netflix. It hits you and when it does you hardly know how to handle it.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?
My naivety. That lack of judgement which makes me say yes when I should say no to certain people.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?
I admire famous actors like Marcello Mastroianni the iconic symbol of Italian style or, in the international scene, someone like Philip Seymour Hoffman and his consummate psychologic approach to a character. But I also admire the lesser known, those actors who manage to endure and stay afloat in such a competitive and unpredictable business of ours.
What is my greatest extravagance?
I am a plane watcher. Every time I hear the sound of a plane passing over my head I have to look at it and try to guess the model and it’s flag.
On what occasion would I lie?
Lies are a dangerous weapon. In Italian we have a saying : “lies have short legs” meaning they have a short life. White lies on the other hand can be useful to protect the weaker from what could be a damaging truth and they definitely have a longer life. I have used quite a few of those in the past and they have been of great help.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?
Competition. Actors are in constant competition and as the saying goes “ we could kill for a role”. This might often have an effect on our normal behaviour, and affect our temperament to the point of jeopardising friendships and ruining relationships.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work?
When I performed solo on the stage of the Rond Point in Paris in French in front of an amazing audience.
If I could, what would I change about myself?
There are a few things I would like to change about myself, but if I had to choose one I would definitely start by getting rid of what people call “ my special kindness “. I wouldn’t want to give it up completely though. Being kind it’s a wonderful quality… in small doses.
What is my greatest achievement in work?
I am very proud to have managed to swap careers at a later stage of my life. I used to be an art dealer in London for a number of years and one day I decided to take the jump and do what I dreamt of since the age of 5, hence I became an actor. It has to be said that without the love and support of my long time partner and a few close friends, I am not sure I would be where I am today.
Where would I most like to live?
In a small town next to a forest, preferably close to an airport. Maybe somewhere in Switzerland where my parents sent me when I was a child for the summer holidays. I have been living in London for 31 years. I think I have reached a point where I can’t stand any more crowds, busy streets at any time of the day, stressed people. I need peace seasoned with a bit of buzz.
What is my most treasured possession?
A scrap book about my mother’s eccentric life in Palermo during the 70’s / 80’s . It’s an album which I made at the time with the cut outs of newspapers and magazines containing articles , interviews and photos about her “ salon “ , her incredible parties and the beautiful garden she created in Casteldaccia ( Palermo )
What is my most marked characteristic?
I am an enthusiastic type. Most of my greatest projects have moved forward thanks to this instinctive quality which when used in the right way can move mountains.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city?
Without any doubt Hampstead Heath. The most beautiful park in the world. It’s the perfect antidote to the everyday London’s hustle and bustle. It’s simply wonderful to get lost in it, or to sit on a bench up on Parliament Hill watching the kites flying above your head.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?
Scrapping the Italians restaurants, not to create jealousies, I love an Indian curry at Dishom , a Japanese lunch at Yoshino hidden on a tiny side street of Piccadilly, a drink at my local, the wonderfully preserved Pub “ The Prince Alfred” in Maida Vale followed by a pizza at the Red Pepper in the quaint Formosa Street.
What books influenced my life and how?
Emilio Salgari made me dream about exotic locations and wild animals when I was a boy, Proust gently led me into my adolescence, Primo Levi talked me into the pain and suffering of the Italian jews, Jumpa Lahiri introduced me to her wonderful world of story telling. Ian McEwan continues to surprises me.
Who are my favorite writers?
Primo Levi, Italo Calvino, Ian McEwan, Paul Auster,
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
I would start with “Nel Blu dipinto di blu” and end with “Imagine” by John Lennon
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?
Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, Don Giovanni.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
Mother Theresa, Barak Obama, Marie Curie, Sting , Madonna.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?
Blade Runner ( the original )…and if I can add one more : at least one movie by Stanley Kubrick ( pick your own leaving out may be Eyes wide shut )
What role plays art in my life and work?
A vital one If you think that I used to be an art dealer and over the years I must have looked at thousands of paintings and works of art. If you add that my uncle, the Maestro Renato Tosini, was a great painter from Palermo and my wife is a curator of a private collection, even if I wanted, I couldn’t escape exhibitions, Museums, Art fairs and I love it!
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
Without any doubt Danny K. A very special man to whom I will be forever devoted and grateful. He is not only a connoisseur and a passionate lover of the arts, but also an amazing collector and a dealer whom I have met during my first years in London and who has since then been close to me with his advise and his many pep talks.
Whom would I like to work with in 2019/2020?
The Italian Director Saverio Costanzo, the English stage director Rupert Goold. I would also like to work with a French Director …someone like the Dardennes
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019/2020?
Mr Sorrentino outside an audition room; have a proper conversation with my colleague Pierfrancesco Favino to whom I could only briefly say hi to during the shooting of the “Traitor” and why not … a stroll with Natalie Portman.
What project, in 2019/2020, am I looking forward to work on?
My first feature movie which I am developing with my friend director Enrico Poli. A fiction based on the story of my family in Palermo.
Where can you see me or my work in 2019/2020?
A movie based on an episode of Oriana Fallaci’s life when she was at the beginning of her career . The short is directed by newcomer Alessandra Gonnella starring Alessandra Leone as the amazing Tuscan journalist; the sequel of my show Parole d’onore which has been touring since 2009 , currently in phase of development in collaboration with “ my journalist “ Attilio Bolzoni;
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What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?
Passion is always there ,it lingers around the corners of our lives , it’s just a question of summoning her up whenever she turns her back pretending to have abandoned you.
Which creative heroes should Peter invite to tell their story?
Giovanna Bertazzoni ( Head of Christie’s London Modern and Contemporary) , Matteo Carandini (a neuroscientist who studies the visual system) Carolina Artegiani ( Head of Development at Museum of Art & Photography (MAP) in India )
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