Marcello Fonte – Best Actor at Cannes
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From a caretaker to winning the Prix d’interpretation masculine at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Marcello Fonte’s journey of success is indeed inspiring in every sense. And, the icing of his cake was receiving the prestigious award from the screen legend Roberto Benigni, Academy Award winner of ‘Life is Beautiful’, at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
Playing the character of a cocaine-dealing dog groomer in Matteo Garrone’s ‘Dogman’, Marcello Fonte gave a powerful performance to win the hearts of the Cannes jury members. Winning the ‘Best Actor’ with his first full-fledged role of a leading star, Marcello’s rise to stardom is surreal. However, the humble actor revealed, “I made all the mistakes possible, there was not one, I missed.”
It is indeed interesting to know, how Marcello Fonte became an actor. He revealed his amazing journey, “I would go see the wardrobe people and say ‘the director sent me’, and they would end up finding me a costume.” Imagine, a small time caretaker lands as an extra in renowned American director Martin Scorse’s ‘Gangs of New York’, alongside famous actors Leonardo di Caprio and Daniel Day Lewis!!!