Live to Tell the Story

- Eiko Watan­abe Entertainment · Movies · New York City · York City F.C. · New York County, NY · Queens · Fun (band) · Peter Facinelli · Ozone Park

“There’s so much lit­tle time in the day, and ev­ery day, you get older, and there’s so much I wanna ac­com­plish be­fore my life is over,” says Peter Facinelli, who made his di­rec­to­rial de­but on Break­ing & Ex­it­ing re­leased lit­er­ally the day be­fore. It’s a Satur­day late af­ter­noon in mid-Au­gust. He just flew into New York City in the midst of the movie promo cy­cle, and looks a bit ex­hausted since his flight got de­layed. “Film and tele­vi­sion are a di­rec­tor’s medium be­cause as an ac­tor, you come in and do your part and you give it over to the di­rec­tor, and as a writer, you give it over to the di­rec­tor so it’s re­ally the di­rec­tor’s vi­sion, and the di­rec­tor is telling the story, vis­ually. I’ve been act­ing for al­most 25 years now and I’ve given my work over to other peo­ple so I know how hard that is to trust the di­rec­tor. Some­times, it works out, and some­times it doesn’t, but it’s not in your con­trol so I wanted to be able to have the con­trol over telling the story vis­ually my­self,” he de­scribes of the new role as a di­rec­tor. “I had 3 fe­male pro­duc­ers, 2 women that were pro­duc­ers Mar­tine [Mel­loul] and Cecile [Cu­bilo], and then Jor­dan Hin­son who wrote the script was also one of the pro­duc­ers. I felt very com­fort­able and felt at home be­ing around them be­cause it re­minded me of hav­ing 3 sis­ters,” says Facinelli who grew up in Ozone Park, Queens, which was, ac­cord­ing to him, “an in­ter­est­ing neigh­bor­hood be­cause it was very Ital­ian-Amer­i­can but also had His­panic mix­tures, as well. My 3 best friends were Cuban. It was like West Side Story that they kind of beat the crap out of each other but I was friends with both sides. And, my 4th best friend was Puerto Ri­can.” (Facinelli is first-gen­er­a­tion Amer­i­can, hav­ing a dual cit­i­zen­ship and 2 pass­ports: “I grew a lit­tle mus­tache and put my hair back for my Ital­ian pass­port so it’s been fun.”)

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