“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

Bruno Amato

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”

Bruno Amato

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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“If That Meant I Needed To Swallow Humble Pie, I Imagined It Was Cherry Pie:” A TDQ Q&A With Actress And Writer Chuti Tiu

Chuti Tiu

Look for Chuti Tiu playing the role of character Yo-Yo’s Ma’ in The Internship.

This week, our TDQ Q&A is with actress and writer Chuti Tiu. Chuti spoke with us about her role in “The Internship,” what it was like making a movie with her husband as her director and being Miss Illinois. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Chuti Tiu:

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

Chuti Tiu: Jaclyn Smith! I loved “Charlie’s Angels,” and I wanted so badly to be Kelly. Seriously – the HAIR. I still love long curly hair…. I remember the episode where she went undercover as a belly dancer. It inspired my Halloween costume one year.

TDQ: What was your favorite movie growing up?

CT: E.T.! “E.T. phone home!” I cried and laughed so hard, all in the same movie. I’ve always loved movies that move you on a visceral level. I also loved “The Muppet Movie.” I was such a sap (still am) – I cried during the very first scene, Kermit’s “Rainbow Connection.” I was just a little kid, but the song made me feel so lonely; it spoke to me of the impermanence of life.

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

CT: I love rejection. Ha! just kidding. I love the craft of acting, of helping a story get told, portraying someone’s journey and eventually moving and inspiring others. Basically, stories in visual form (film, television, computer, or stage) hold up a mirror to the audience; through the story, they can hopefully see something in themselves revealed… I want to be that “mirror.”
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