The Daily Quarterly: Who was your favorite actor growing up?
Bruno Amato: I loved John Wayne, he was such a no nonsense tough guy.
TDQ: What was your favorite movie growing up?
BA: Definitely the first “Rocky” movie…I became an expert at saying “Yo Adrian”!!!
TDQ: What made you want to be in show business?
BA: I always felt I had a knack at making people laugh…come on, I was class clown in 8th grade…helloo??? :)
TDQ: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
BA: I didn’t hear it directly from him, but I think it was Jimmy Durante who said, “but be kind to people on the way up, because you will meet them on the way down.”
TDQ: What’s the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?
BA: Someone told me before the economy crashed, that you can’t go wrong investing in real estate….so I bought a house….you can figure out the rest.
TDQ: Who are your influences?
BA: Fellow actor friends, who I’ve watched over the years, get bigger roles, and move up the ladder in Hollywood, by working hard at their craft.
TDQ: Tell us about your role in “The Internship”BA: I play “Sal.” He owns a pizza establishment near San Francisco. He gets paid a visit by Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson and their gang of younger Google interns, who need to try to sell Sal on using Google to expand his business. It’s a tough sell, because Sal is pretty set in his ways of doing things the old fashioned way, he’s afraid of change.