An Actor's Life: Alex Giannini

An Actor's Life: Alex Giannini

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Oh What A Lovely War's Alex Giannini on his most challenging role to date and what his worst habit is!

Where did you grow up? 

I grew up in Rome, Luxembourg, North London, Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire and changed schools 13 times. So I've been touring all my life.

What’s been your most challenging role to date? 

My most challenging role to date was playing The Penguin in Batman Live The World Arena tour. I'm 6 feet tall and The Penguin is 5 feet 2. Also working a fat suit and prosthetic nose in a steamy Brazilian Arena is not as fun as it sounds.

Who are your acting idols? 

Anna Magnani, Steven Berkoff, Robert Mitchum, Marlon Brando, Harry Dean Stanton, Dandy Nicholls, Brian Cranston, Colin Stinton, Sandra Dickinson, Robert Di Nero, Diego Abbattantuono. Don't know about 'acting idols' but these are just a few of the actors whose work has influenced me.

What’s your worst habbit? 

What's my worst habit? What kind of question's that? I could tell you but I'd have to kill you after.

What has been your favourite stop on the tour? 

Favourite stop on the Oh What A Lovely Tour so far has been Torquay. What's not to like : sun, sea, sand, good food and a great place for running the coast path. My Father worked here as a waiter in the late 1950's so I have a special feeling for the place.

Oh What a Lovely War runs at London's Theatre Royal Stratford East from 29 January to 7 February 2015, and then tours to Richmond, Malvern, Manchester, Cambridge, Bath, Torquay, Guildford, Coventry, Brighton, Leicester, Aylesbury and Birmingham, where the tour concludes on 9 May 2015.