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5 Questions: Danny Aiello
Legendary actor and critically acclaimed singer, Danny Aiello is a native of New York City and has a reputation for no-holes-barred stage and screen performances which are brimming with honest emotion. Mr. Aiello has received unanimous acclaim including Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor and has been named Best Supporting Actor by the Los Angeles, Boston, and Chicago Film Critics Associations. He’s performed in over 100 different films, including a portrayal of Cher’s jilted fiancé in “Moonstruck” as well as an award-winning role as ‘Sal’ in Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing”, have endeared him to audiences worldwide. He also starred as ‘Joe Lieberman’ in the romantic comedy “Lieberman in Love.” Directed by Christine Lahti, the film won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 1996. In 2014 he won an Emmy for his voice over work on the Yankees 2013 season launch promo entitled “Blessed” and released his 2014 autobiography entitled “I Only Know Who I Am When I Am Somebody Else.” (Simon & Schuster).
SD: You will be in town for your movie “Stiffs”. What was it like working with the director Frank Ciota? How did the role for you come about?
DA: Frank is a special guy and a great director. Plus, his sense of humor is out of this world. What I loved about “Stiffs,” is that it is a wild comedy and so much fun to film. I love Boston! While filming, I spent a lot of time in the North End and got to roam the city. About three weeks ago, Frank calls me and asks if I would be part of this evening and I would never turn him down.
SD: “Stiffs” was released 10 years ago. What is it like to revisit one of your films?
DA: I don’t like watching myself. I find it very difficult to do. I do enjoy the Q&As with the audience. Those can be a lot of fun. I’m the type of guy that if you ask me a question, I am going to answer it. I love spending time with my fans.
SD: Since “Stiffs” is set in Boston and you are a native New Yorker, did you enjoy shooting in Red Sox nation? Do you want to see the Sox win the World Series?
DA: I’ve been a Yankees fan my entire life. My nephew, Michael Kay, is the voice of the Yankees. I love Boston. I love filming there. I will say, I’m a little envious that the Red Sox are in the World Series.
SD: What’s your most memorable role?
DA: My favorite movie is 29th Street. It’s both funny and touching. The one role that is most unlike me is when I played Johnny Cammareri in “Moonstruck”. I played a major wimp and if you think in real life that Nicky Cage would win Cher over me, you’re wrong! There is no way that would happen.
SD: Do you still have the same passion for acting as you did when you first started out in 1973?
DA: I do! I love acting. As a shy kid, acting helped me. I could hide behind a character. I love playing someone else. I am still accepting offers and will continue to act if they keep asking. Acting is wonderful. To perform on the stage or in a movie and be able to portray someone else is the best feeling in the world.