La mafia uccide solo d’estate, film directed by Pierfrancesco Diliberto (aka Pif) in 2013, has become also a TV blockbuster thanks to the series by Luca Ribuoli. Everything has begun in 2016, now La mafia uccide solo d’estate – Capitolo 2 is back in prime time on Rai1. For Sicilian Secrets, I interviewed Edoardo Buscetta, aka Salvatore Giammarresi, the protagonist of this series.
Edoardo Buscetta, 12 years old, almost 13 actually. He was born in Palermo, loves spending time with his family and practicing sport. A life without soccer? Impossible! But, two years ago, he has started his acting career and become the protagonist of a TV blockbuster: La mafia uccide solo d’estate.
Q: How have you started your career on TV? What about the ‘adventure’ with La mafia uccide solo d’estate?
A: Everything has started by chance. One day my cousin read on the newspaper that they were looking for 9-12 years old kids with light eyes and fair hair, so he informed me. At the beginning I wasn’t very interested. Then I decided to do the casting. 5 auditions in 15 days and suddenly I was part of the cast, so part of the series.
Q: Yesterday the second season of the series started, can you tell us something fun happened on set?
A: Working on set is fun but sometimes even tiring. The nicest scenes are the ones at home together with my family. I remember one from the first season in which uncle Massimo (Francesco Scianna), while we were sitting down at the table, put a piece of pasta in his nose. Another is the one in which I had to drive a car.
Q: Who told you about the historical context in which the series is set? You are too young to know Palermo at that time, of course…
A: Before shooting La mafia uccide solo d’estate, my parents made me watch the movie directed by Pif. Then, during the shooting, I used to read the screenplay step by step while going in depth and knowing more about that period.
Q: You are Sicilian, what meant for you playing this role?
A: I’m very happy to play the role of a positive Sicilian. He’s positive like many other people of that period and many people of the present time!
Q: What’s the best moment that you remember related to this experience on TV?
A: For sure, the best memory is the first day on set, a day that I won’t forget! I was very nervous and happy at the same time because I have never been part of that environment. The first who tried to make me feel like home was Claudio Gioè, my dad on TV.
Q: Have you ever had the opportunity to talk to Pif in order to play in the best way your role in La mafia uccide solo d’estate?
A: Yes, I had the opportunity to talk to Pif both on set and outside. He helped me a lot and I always bear in mind the advice he gave me while looking into my eyes: ‘Edoardo, remember to behave well both on set but even outside because you represent my face!’.
Q: Any plans for the future? Are you still playing soccer?
A: I’m only 12, so I have a lot of plans for the future. First of all, to achieve good results at school otherwise my parents would nip my career in the bud. Then I’d like to follow my three great interests: acting, playing soccer and water polo. Therefore, if you asked me what I want to be when I grow up, I would say the actor-soccer water polo player!