Italy - TV
Il Prefetto di ferro (aka The Iron Prefect) Synopsis: Cesare Mori is the head of a special squad of police who fight criminals, fugitives and gangsters by any means. Just when his incisive action gives him some notoriety and fame among his colleagues, he creates enemies in the ranks of Italian politicians. As a prefect, he is sent to Sicily in 1925 by Benito Mussolini to eradicate the Mafia. However, his methods were often hasty and unorthodox.
The Italian TV two-part mini-series is produced by Artis with the contribution of Apulia Film Commission for RAI Fiction. Shot mainly in the city and province of Lecce, the film is based on true events.
"Mori was a character who was very hard, closed, determined and, above all, firm in his convictions. A determination that I've never found in the characters I've played before."
"I like this character, and when an actor has passion for a character, it's the best thing."
On his two female co-stars: "They are women of passion and a lot of electricity. A unique mix. I worked well with them."
How he got the role: "Three years ago I worked with Giuseppe Fiorello in the historical fiction, "The Scandal of the Banca Romana." Rai was very happy with my interpretation, so they immediately thought of me when they began this drama. Director Gianni Lepre wanted to meet me, told me about this character, and I was fascinated. "
"My relationship with director Gianni Lepre was great. He knows his subject very well. Working with him was very important to me."
Preparing for the role: ""I have read and documented a lot. And I love Italian cinema. You know
that every night I watched a great classic
in Italian cinema. I saw
40 great films of De Sica, Visconti, Rossellini, Fellini. I'm telling you
this because even for me it was a way to get closer to my
character, and it was a wonderful experience."