An excellent profitable standup whose fifth Netflix particular aired in December, Sebastian Maniscalco now births a ardour undertaking, the comedy “About My Father,” impressed by – sure! – his Italian immigrant dad with a minimum of Robert De Niro forged as his dad or mum.
“The most comfortable I am anywhere in life is doing standup on stage,” Maniscalco, 49, mentioned in a cellphone interview final week. “I really feel at house there. But I like stepping out of the field and thought this may be a pleasant departure.
“It’s a love letter to my father,” who turns 77 June seventeenth. “I’m very pleased with it. Not all people will get to present their father a film. The proven fact that he’s nonetheless alive and loving each minute of it. He did a press tour with me — Gayle King, Mario Lopez.
“Never would I have thought in my entire life that my father would be next to Robert De Niro doing an interview.”
This “Father” started six years in the past when Maniscalco and his writing accomplice Austin Earl determined to jot down about “loosely based mostly occasions in my life, primarily with not solely my father however my spouse’s household. It got here out of the fervour that Austin and I’ve for comedy.
“We come from the identical fabric — working class household man married into an upper-class surroundings. That’s how we bonded. Like I had nearly a accomplice in crime to narrate to as a result of listed here are two working class guys happening these extravagant journeys. Like ‘What ski trip did you go on this year?’ ‘I went to Vail. Are you going?’ ‘Oh, we took a Disney cruise.’
“We were comparing notes and just had a really fun relationship with it.”
First, they considered a TV sequence, then a film, because of the Hollywood heavyweights, writer-director-producers and brothers, Chris and Paul Weitz who knew De Niro.
“Basically, Paul gave Bob the script, who wanted to hear it read out loud.”
De Niro, with “8 or 9 different actors,” did a desk studying. “Four days later, he committed to it and we were off and running.”
While Maniscalco was Joey Gallo in Scorsese’s “The Irishman” and was featured within the Oscar-winning “Green Book,” it’s fairly a leap to co-star reverse a legend.
“It was an performing lesson, watching him work. Emotionally he helped me, telling me to consider my father for a giant scene. All the stuff that he’s been by coming into the United States when he was 15, not realizing the language, making a enterprise and a household. He acquired me serious about issues that may positively assist me.
“I was there to give my best performance and also learn while doing so.”
“About My Father” (Lionsgate) opens in theaters Friday.