One of the most distinguished actors of his generation, Naples-born Toni Servillo returns to his roots in Neapolitan theatre with his new production of Eduardo De Filippo’s Inner Voices. He talks to Pasquale Iannone about theatre, film and his continuing fascination with the work of De Filippo.
In December 2013, Toni Servillo took to the stage at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele to receive the award for Best Actor at the European Film Awards for his extraordinary performance in Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty. He barely had time to catch his breath before making his way back to Bergamo to rejoin the cast and crew of Inner Voices.
It’s been that kind of whirlwind year for Servillo, but he wouldn’t have had it any other way. Theatre is the 54-year-old’s first love and he has said that it always keeps his ‘feet on the ground’.