“I Choose Not To Remember Bad Advice:” A TDQ Q&A With Actor Tony Senzamici

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Our writers at The Daily Quarterly love to write. After hearing Tony’s two favorite movies they came up with this. Sure, it’s only a tag line but how long is a movie? Two hours? Shouldn’t take much longer than that to write a script.

This weeks’ TDQ Q&A is with actor Tony Senzamici. Tony spoke with us about working with David Simon and Melissa Leo on HBO’s “Treme,” his former career in sales and his charity, The Amici Charity. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A With Tony Senzamici:

The Daily Quarterly: Who was your favorite actor growing up?

Tony Senzamici: Always loved Sean Connery as Bond, Clint Eastwood, Al Pacino, Robert Deniro.

TDQ: What was your favorite movie growing up?

TS: I had several, but “Poseidon Adventure” and “Planet Of The Apes.”

TDQ: What made you want to be in show business?

TS: Billy Joel said it best in one of his songs… “to forget about life for a while.”

TDQ: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

TS: “This business is a marathon not a sprint.”

TDQ: What’s the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?

TS: I choose not to remember bad advice.

Tony Senzamici

Tony Senzamici took this photo shoot very seriously.

TDQ: Who are your influences?

TS: My influences are all the actors that I have watched over the years in auditions and workshops that just do not give up. I am a person of faith and I am influenced by scripture and prayer.

TDQ: Before you started a career as an actor, you ran a medical supply company. How did your experience in that field prepare you for work in show business?

TS: Definitely I would say that sales taught me to be a great listener. To be affected by another person you must listen to what they are saying.

TDQ: Tell us about your work in “Magic City” on Starz

TS: It is a great show by Mitch Glazer. Awesome writing and directors. I always look forward going back as my recurring character as a beach detective. This second season will be awesome with the addition of James Caan.

TDQ: You’ve played a good number of law enforcement/detective characters in shows like “Breakout Kings,” “Burn Notice” and “Army Wives.” What is it about you, you think, that lends itself to getting those sorts of roles?

TS: I have been told that my hard exterior look gives that presence of authority. Both my father and my brother were in law enforcement. Never went into that as a career, but I do get to use them to create my characters.

TDQ: You’ve also worked on “Treme” on HBO, created by David Simon, who also created what many consider the best TV show ever, “The Wire.” What was it like working with him on “Treme?”

TS: I totally agree and David Simon is brilliant and that was great experience. I love my character, Capt. Jack Malatesta. I am fortunate to have a recurring role on this show and to work with Melissa Leo was awesome.

TDQ: Tell us about your foundation, “The Amici Charity”

TS: Thank you for asking about The Amici Charity. Judy (my wife) and I started this to help those in our community. We have been so blessed and hope we can help make a difference, even if it is a small one to those that are in our community. We have helped with medications, rent, food, car payments, utility bills. Please learn more about what we are doing at our web site www.amicicharity.us or contact us at www.amicicharity@aol.com.

TDQ: Where do you see yourself in five years?

TS: I would like to continue to be a working actor and to keep rising up the proverbial ladder. A series regular would be nice and a couple feature film releases.

For more on Tony and The Amici Charity, check out his website and follow him on Twitter.

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