Exclusive Interview with Victor Alfieri

Angels & Demons co-star chats with Our Prattville Publisher

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Victor Alfieri - Photo courtesy of Bridge and Tunnel Communications

Victor Alfieri - Photo courtesy of Bridge and Tunnel Communications

Model, actor, writer Victor Alfieri was born in Rome and raised as an only child by his mother and grandmother. Naming himself the “class clown,” he created his own sketch comedy act to entertain friends.

At the age of eighteen Victor did an advertising shoot and soon graced the covers of numerous Italian magazines. However, his modeling career was cut short after a brutal encounter with three muggers. Victor fell through a car window, leaving his face scarred by more than fifty six stitches. He then joined the local police force, but left after a couple of years and moved to Los Angeles, determined to have a career in television and film.

Victor’s television appearances include CSI: Miami, Frasier, Jack & Jill, High Society, Murder, She Wrote, Ned and Stacey, Veronica’s Closet, Passions, Days of our Lives, and The Bold and the Beautiful. Victor has co-starred in a number of telefilms: Sweet Temptation, Suddenly, and played the handsome, sensitive gigolo in The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone opposite Helen Mirren and Anne Bancroft.

Victor’s films include Taking the Plunge opposite Lindsay Price; Snow Job with Milo Ventimiglia and Anna Faris; I-See-You.com, costarring with Beau Bridges, Rosanna Arquette, and Doris Roberts; and My Sexiest Year, alongside Harvey Keitel, Frankie Muniz, and Amber Valletta.

Victor has the lead role opposite Ione Skye, Ron Silver, and Talia Shire in an independent feature film, My Father’s Will, which will open in theaters in March of 2009.

In May, Victor co-stars with Tom Hanks and Ewan McGregor in Ron Howard’s highly anticipated thriller and sequel to The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, which was filmed mostly in Victor’s native country of Italy.

Our Prattville Publisher talked with Victor about his upcoming projects:

I want to talk a little bit about your current movie, My Father’s Will. Can you tell me a little about the movie and your character?

Sure, it was shot in 2007 and it’s just a beautiful movie. It’s basically a romantic comedy. I liked it when I read the script. It’s a very touching story. It’s basically the story of this billionaire, Ferro Olivetti, who enjoys the perfect life…his life…enjoys his money, enjoys women. His father’s last wish was if I die, you have to promise me you’ll spend thirty days away from everything you have and be poor. Ferro didn’t know why…but then he does so and he finds true love. So it’s a beautiful touching story.

And your love interest is Ione Skye?

Yeah, she’s a wonderful actress. I loved her in the early 90s when she had that hit movie…that cult movie, I should say…Say Anything, you know? And I was very very excited to work with her. She’s terrific. Talia Shire plays Ferro’s mama. Unfortunately he passed away, but we had Ron Silver as Ferro’s competitor. That was Ron Silver’s last role.

I saw that Melissa Claire Egan is in it. I know she’s currently on a soap opera…All My Children.

Yeah, she has a very, very, very funny cameo in the movie. She is terrific. It was funny because I saw her and I was like, wow, who is she? (laughs) Very, very attractive woman.

Would you ever do soaps again? I know you’ve been on Days of our Lives and Passions, right?

Yeah, I was on Days of our Lives for several years on and off and very briefly on Passions. Soap operas are very hard work…I would never put it down. I would never say, oh no, I would never do that. I’m an actor, I like to work. You know, if they want me back, I’ll be back.

You have a totally different movie coming out later on in the summer, Angels and Demons.

Yeah I do. I really enjoyed this movie because it was directed by one of my favorite directors, Ron Howard. He’s a really amazing person and what I really liked about him, he’s not only talented but he’s a real person…and also Tom Hanks. I got to know him and he’s a brilliant actor and then again, he’s a very real person. That’s what I like.

This film picks up where The Da Vinci Code left off, is that correct?

Well, Angels and Demons was written before The Da Vinci Code, but was released after The Da Vinci Code, so it’s kind of like two different stories. But the way they are doing it for the audience, it’s kind of like a sequel.

You play Lieutenant Valenti. Tell us about that character.

Lieutenant Valenti is very straightforward. He has been called to assist Robert Langdon and bring him back to Vatican City and so he tries to do that but at the end he goes after the bad guys. I was on the police force for two and a half years so it wasn’t really, you know…too much out of character. It was fun. You know, being Italian, you always play Latin lovers or a bad guy or something, never a cop. American guy, yes…Italian guy, no. So, it was so exciting…it was like, finally, you know? It was like I was a real cop and now I just play a cop.

What words would you use to describe Ron Howard as a director?

An excellent director who knows how to work the camera and knows how to work the actors. He knows the whole nine yards…he knows how to be in front of the camera and behind the camera so it’s excellent that a director can do that.

What kind of projects do you have coming up after Angels and Demons?

After Angels and Demons I have a television series coming out called Persons Unknown created by Christopher McQuarrie, the writer that won the Oscar for The Usual Suspects. And it’s coming out late December or fall, we don’t know yet. That was a very good project and it was shot in Mexico City.

And it’s called Persons Unknown?

Yeah, Persons Unknown. And then in the summer I’m shooting Red Gold, produced by Alessandro De Gaetano. You can look it up on imdb, but if you’ve ever heard of John Irvin…if you remember that movie, Hamburger Hill…he directed that movie.

It’s the story about 50,000 Italians who are shipped to prisoner of war camps during the second World War. It’s a very very touching story and I’m very proud to be a part of that project. It’s shooting in Canada some and here some.

What kind of things do you do in your spare time when you’re not working?

In my spare time I write, I write a lot of screenplays. I also like boxing a lot…and, I work with my old vehicles, my motorcycles. I like my little toys. And, when I’m not working I want to spend as much time with my family. That’s what I really want to do.

Interview by Melissa Parker

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