My per­fect day

Where Naples Coast & Islands - - CONTENTS - Pa­trizio Rispo

In­ter­view with the neapoli­tan ac­tor of cin­ema, tele­vi­sion and the­atre

Naples in three ad­jec­tives.

Con­tra­dic­tory, ex­cit­ing and stim­u­lat­ing.

Naples in three snapshots.

The De­cumano Mag­giore, San Martino and the Bay of Naples.

Where would you stop for an aper­i­tivo in the city? In pi­azza dei Mar­tiri, at the Gran Caffè La Caffettiera, a wel­com­ing venue that of­fers im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice. And for lunch or din­ner? Posillipo or Poz­zuoli or any other place near to the sea. The cof­fee rit­ual. Tell us about yours? My first cup of cof­fee of the day is char­ac­ter­ized by a spe­cial rit­ual de­vised by my wife. Later on, when I’m out and about, or work­ing with my col­leagues, I take a few sips here and there in or­der not to overdo things. Your favourite dish? Mostly first cour­ses. If I’m forced to choose, ‘bu­ca­tini all’Is­chi­tana’ with rab­bit sauce. Let’s talk about shop­ping: what do you like buy­ing? Above all, house­hold ob­jects and books. What made you choose to be­come an ac­tor? My thirst for life made me re­al­ize that I wouldn’t be con­tented with just one Each in­volves three dif­fer­ent types of emo­tions and three dif­fer­ent types of tech­nique. In your opin­ion, is be­ing funny more a fe­male or mas­cu­line trait? Suf­fer­ing helps you to ac­quire this comedic abil­ity. It’s a kind of de­fence mech­a­nism that en­ables you to de­tach your­self from re­al­ity, and see things from a health­ier per­spec­tive. It’s all about know­ing how to trans­form your weak­nesses into strengths. You have worked with direc­tors of the cal­iber of Mar­tone and Nanny Loy. What did you get from th­ese ex­pe­ri­ences? Pas­sion and self-re­straint. Dis­ci­pline and sen­si­tiv­ity. Apart from act­ing, what are your other pas­sions? Art in gen­eral, in all its forms, and then an­i­mals, lit­er­a­ture and mu­sic, but also horse rid­ing, ski­ing and the sea. What is the best char­ac­ter­is­tic of Neapoli­tans? Hu­man­ity. And the worst? A lack of team spirit. You lived in Rome for twenty years and then re­turned to Naples. What are the dif­fer­ences be­tween the two cities? Rome hosts you, but Naples cap­ti­vates you for­ever.

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