Please see installment one for the first part of this interview. Part two starts where yesterday's segment left off, and features Crime Novel costar Pierfrancesco Favino speaking more generally about acting, Italian culture, and his career.
Again, please remember: Favino's English is fantastic for communicating, but transfered to the page, it can be bit a bit difficult to sort out if you've not heard him speaking. To that end, I've done more editing than usual -- all changes to his words (noted, of course, by ellipses or brackets) were done only for the sake of clarity; his meaning and intent are never adjusted.
In the US, when films come out that revolve around real-life historical figures -- like Oliver Stone's films -- there's always people saying "You shouldn't be portraying these people sympathetically," or calling the work dishonest because it doesn't fit into their perceptions of history. Did anyone respond that way to Crime Novel?
Well, let's look at how they end up -- I mean, they all die. And, at the end, those who survive are the ones that now lead the country; the policeman got a [promotion], and he becomes the chief of police ... [by] following the rules and being dishonest with himself. ...But what about Once Upon a Time in America? I mean, we know that they are gangsters, and [we still sympathize with them].
In general, I think you can watch a movie in two different ways. One is the ethical point of view, one is the point of view of the story. And to me as actor, what is important is to reveal -- excuse my pretensions -- reveal that a human being might be everything. I mean .... you're talking to me, and you don't know anything about me. I could go in the elevator and, I don't know ...
Shoot the elevator guy, or something --