Interview with Claudio Bisio (Protagonist)
How did you get involved in this project?
Maurizio Totti the Producer told me about the idea of shooting a movie based on Federico Baccomo's book. He suggested me to read it and I fell in love with the book, the main character, and with the author. Professionally speaking, of course!
How did you prepare for the role? Did you meet with any lawyers?
I just talked a lot to the director and the author, who is also a lawyer and knows the ins and outs of the legal world. He previously described these settings in his first book "Studio Illegale", which I really liked a lot.
How would you describe Umberto? He's a man people can hate, love, and identify with, all at the same time.
I wouldn't say "love". He's one of the most negative characters I've ever played. He's a cheated cheater, a weakling, a little shark in a sea full of real and big sharks. Maybe this is the reason why he finally has a self-respect jump, in which I hope people will identify themselves.
What does it mean to act alongside legends of Italian cinema like Diego Abatantuono and Margherita Buy?
Diego is like a big brother to me and he has taught me so much in Mediterraneoand Puerto Escondido. Margherita is a perfect workmate. She's able to capture the scene with a wide sense of truth, humanity and kindness, even playing secondary roles like in this case. Working next to her is always improving.
How would you describe the change of Umberto along the film?
His change reminded me of a contemporary and middle-class version of Straw Dogs,with Dustin Hoffman. He shows the redemption of a mean man, who goes through continuous sufferings that he can't tolerate any more. And for this reason he finally bursts out.
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