“You Need To ‘Focus’ When You’re Walking On A Six-Inch Beam High In The Air, Especially On A Windy Day In New Jersey:” A TDQ Q&A With Actor Bruno Amato

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See Bruno Amato in The Internship.

This week’s TDQ Q&A features actor Bruno Amato. Bruno spoke with us about his role in “The Internship,” his talent for impersonating Rocky Balboa and the differences in shooting TV shows and films. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with actor Bruno Amato:

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”

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Bruno Amato playing the character Sal in The Internship. This must be the scene where Sal learns his search engine optimization is sub par.

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.
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“I Feel Blessed To Have A Career Where I Never Stop Learning:” A TDQ Q&A With Actor/Director Oscar Torre

Oscar TorreThis week’s TDQ Q&A is with actor/director Oscar Torre. Oscar spoke to us about his upcoming role in “The Hangover 3,” what it was like directing his wife in a movie and how he discovered acting. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Oscar Torre:

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

Oscar Torre: Sylvester Stallone. I wanted to be every character he ever played. My younger brother and I would go to the movies to watch the “Rocky” films, and then we’d go 15 rounds in the lobby of the theater, both claiming that we were Rocky. Later, when I started acting, it was Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. I really admired their dedication and commitment to their roles.

TDQ: What was your favorite movie growing up?

OT: The first three “Rocky” films.

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

OT: I kind of fell into it. I took drama as an elective in college, with no ambition of pursuing it as a career. I just needed 3 more credits to graduate and thought it would be an easy class. I quickly fell in love with acting but didn’t tell anyone for fear of being ridiculed. Once I started getting work, I felt a little more comfortable letting other people know. Continue reading