Chris Caldovino: Robert De Niro
TDQ: What was your favorite HBO original TV show growing up?
CC: “The Larry Sanders Show.” So ahead of it’s time!
TDQ: What made you want to be in show business?
CC: Well, its something I always wanted to do, but didn’t think it was an option when I was growing up. I took some acting classes in NY. Then, one of my best friends, who is a screenwriter, decided to move to Hollywood to pursue his career. I decided to join him and give it a go. And, here we are!
TDQ: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
CC: I was just starting out, and was at an audition waiting to go in. I hadn’t gotten my lines down yet, so I was nervously going over my script. An older guy sitting next to me looked at me and said, “Kid, if you didn’t bring it, you ain’t gonna find it here!”
TDQ: What’s the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?
CC: Can’t really remember. If I did get bad advice, hopefully I didn’t follow it.
TDQ: Who are your influences?
CC: De Niro, Brando, Pacino, Montgomery Clift, Robert Duvall, Daniel Day Lewis, Harvey Kietel, James Gandolfini, Gleason, Cary Grant, Abbot & Costello. I could go on!
TDQ: Besides working on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” you also appeared on “The Sopranos.” What is the best thing about working on an HBO series?
CC: Well, it kind of has the old studio system feel (the good parts of it anyway). It gives you a feeling of community and being part of something great. Also, you get to work with the best of the best.TDQ: Since this will be the last season of “Boardwalk Empire,” what are the odds you can parlay your experience at HBO into a gig on “Game of Thrones?” Can we go with an exclusive?
CC: Okay, okay, you got it out of me! Yes, you can go with an exclusive. I will be playing Prince Vito of House Corleone. He’s known as “The Red Sauce,” and wields a poison-tipped ice pick.
TDQ: What other projects do you have lined up?
CC: I just completed a TV pilot called “Dirty Dead Con Men,” which is presently being shopped around to the networks. Also, I’m starring in, and producing a film called “The Nigerian” shooting in Cleveland this summer. Continue reading