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Robert De Niro asked my dad for advice

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Parent Chat! Robert De Niro Asked Sebastian ManiscalcoK’s daddy for tips before taking on his role in an upcoming film about my father,

The comedian, 49, said his father, Salvo, didn’t fully believe the 79-year-old Oscar winner would take on the role until he received a phone call from the man himself. “Robert called my dad and said, ‘I’d like you to come to Oklahoma where I’m shooting a movie, because I’d like you to help me analyze this script and maybe teach me some Italian and How do you behave,’” Maniscalco exclusively told us weekly before the release of the film. “Then I think my dad really started to realize that this was really happening.”

Heat The actor stars as a fictionalized version of Salvatore. about my father, in which Manichelko plays himself. The comedy follows a Chicago native as he attempts to confront his more traditional-minded father about his plans to propose to his girlfriend Allie ().leslie bibb,

The stand-up comic first met De Niro when he starred in 2019 the irishmanbut this did not ensure his participation in the film. The Godfather Part II The actor joined the project after a producer sent him the script.

“It’s not like I had Robert De Niro’s number,” Maniscalco quipped. “he enjoyed [the screenplay], and next thing you know, we were shooting it in Alabama. I think we wrote it six or seven years ago, and here we are talking about a movie [where] Robert De Niro is playing my father. Something I never thought would be in the cards for me.

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Sebastian Maniscalco, Salvo Maniscalco and Robert De Niro

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Taxi driver The star is a father of seven himself, so he had some advice for his co-star about tapping into the father-son relationship depicted in the film. In one scene, Maniscalco needed to “get emotional”, but the emotion was not coming.

“I talked to De Niro and I told him, ‘Listen, I need your help here. I’m not getting there,’” the rolling gold the star told We, “And what he told me was to think about my dad, to think about how he came [to the United States] When he was 15 years old he did not know the language and started a life for himself. And see where you are, who you are now.

Maniscalco took his co-star’s words to heart — and paid the tip. “I started getting emotional and I started using that scene,” the cruise Star explained. “I haven’t done enough acting where I was able to get there on my own, and he definitely helped me and guided me through that scene.”

Earlier this month, De Niro revealed that he and girlfriend Tiffany Chen recently welcomed their first child together, daughter Gia – their seventh. raging Bull The star first became a father in 1976, welcoming son Rafael, now 46, with then-wife Diana Abbott, meet the Parents The actor also adopted Abbott’s daughter, Drena, who is now 51. tauki smithas well as son Elliot, 25, and daughter Helen, 11, with ex-wife grace hightower,

Maniscalco, for his part, shares daughter Serafina, 6, and son Caruso, 3, with wife Lana Gomezwhom he married in 2013 Surname the star told We Her trip to North Carolina with Gomez’s side of the family partially inspired about my father,

“I felt like a fish out of water,” green book the actor told We, “Country Club Living” [was] How did I grow up? I felt there was an element of comedy in this experience that I use in a film. … I come from a working class, middle class family. She comes from an upper-class family, and we’ve always had our differences in how we live our lives, and in the end, in the end, we love each other, but we’ve got to maneuver through life. It’s the different approach that we have and that’s him.”

while manicelco is excited for about my fatherFor the premiere of, he has no plans to give up his bread and butter: stand-up comedy. “Stand-up is the best,” somewhere in queens Star explained. “You can’t beat it. I’ll always be doing stand-up comedy, and movie-making and TV-making stemmed from a desire to take a break from stand-up, because you can’t tour year after year.

about my father Hits theaters Friday, May 26.

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With reporting by Leanne Asise Stanton