Marcello Mastroianni is one of the greatest actors of all time, known as the biggest Italian film actor of all time. Born in Torino di Ciano, Mastroianni first began acting at a very early age, after spending some time studying acting in London. Later, he went on to become a popular figure in television, including appearing in some of the classic Italian shows, such as La Collar and Corleone. Later roles that were not quite as large-scale would include appearing in some Italian films directed by Mario Puzo.
So who was this legendary actor? Well, it is hard to tell exactly who Marcello Mastroianni really was. Several of his films have featured people from other countries, such as England, Argentina, Germany, and even the United States. However, his Italy was almost always represented by the torso of a muscular Italian man, so it has been difficult to place precisely who he was. Some people believe that he was Italian in every single movie, but this has never been entirely confirmed. It is safe to say, however, that Mastroianni, at least in his most known roles, was definitely Italian in all of his films, with the exception of the very rare and very big “anti-hero” roles that had Italian speaking roles.
One of the most well-known roles that Mastroianni ever took on was in Amores Perros (also translated as The Perfume Story), which he also wrote and starred in. This is a great example of how some great Italian actors can fall flat in English translation; in this case, Mastroianni’s character was initially written as” Michele” in the original version, which translates as” Singer”. His role then was changed to “Marcello” in the English version, which translates as” Actor”. In this film, Mastroianni plays the role of a rich, spoiled Italian nobleman, whose life is being threatened by a bandit. To save his life, he sends a letter to theese Sicilians who are threatening him, asking for protection. Marcello Mastroianni played his role to the best of his ability, and did give the audience one of the most memorable scenes in Italian cinema.
Another great Italian actor who has had a huge impact on English-speaking viewers’ minds is Giancarlo Esposito, better known as Che reappeared as Antonio Banderas in the Hollywood film, The Godfather. The role that Esposito was given was that of an Italian gentleman, who ends up running for Prime Minister of Italy in an election that is conducted against Benito Mussolini. The role was initially written for Esteban Cagalli, who ended up playing the part. Giancarlo Esposito did a great job in the role of the Italian Prime Minister.
Perhaps the most famous of all Italian actors who made their mark in Hollywood, is Marcello Mastroianni. He appeared in such films as A Streetwise Man, The Godfather, Goodfellas, Scarface and it was this career which made him a household name, not just in Italy, but in the whole world. In the movie, The Godfather, he plays Tony Soprano, a veteran mafia figure from the north of Italy who is head of the family, the La Cosa Nostra. Later on, he becomes the mentor of Don Piero, who is a young boy who ends up going to the States with an Italian wife and end up living with her. They end up getting murdered, and Tony is believed to have committed the murders because of the cover he got with the mafia.
Marcello Mastroianni played a major part in the downfall of the Mafia in Rome during the time of Benito Mussolini’s rule, later on he was incarcerated in a prison camp called Leopoldstadt. It was here that he began to write his most famous novel, The Godfather. Later on, when the war was over, he went back to Rome, this time he joined the army and ended up becoming a General. Once he had retired from the forces he opened a restaurant in his restaurant, the Fontana Laundromat.
Throughout the years, this restaurant has continued to operate, until late last year, when owner Marcello Mastroianni decided to retire from his business. He is seventy-four years old and has been running this restaurant for nearly forty years. For some people, this is something of a surprise, however as Mastroianni tells it: “I always thought that after a while, my presence at the Fontana would be forgotten. I was wrong. My customers keep asking me to show them the menu.” Today the menu includes traditional Asado, Tuscany, Veneto, Salisbury and other Italian dishes along with some international favorites such as the French Polynesia chicken.
The Fontana Laundromat has also expanded into another restaurant, this one named after its most popular product, the Risotto, which is prepared in the original style by Marcello Mastroianni. Both of these restaurants are popular among tourists because Mastroianni’s Risotto costs a bit more than its competitors. It also features a special sauce called Pacciati which is made from milk, eggs and broccoli rinds. Last but not least, you can find drinks such as the Vodka martini, Manhattan and Macchiato.