Alex Marchi, Italian immigrant in London, now featuring in Ridley Scott’s new movie.
Native Italian Actor Alex Marchi makes his Hollywood debut with “All the Money in the World” by Ridley Scott, nominated for three Golden Globes.
All the Money in the World, based on John Pearson’s 1995 book Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty, is the story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom. It stars Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Romain Duris, Charlie Plummer, Andrew Buchan and Timothy Hutton.
Alex Marchi plays the part of the Newspaper Photo Editor of “Il Messaggero”, the Roman newspaper where the severed ear of J. Paul Getty III arrives and where they try to convince the kid’s grandpa and millionaire J. Paul Getty senior to pay the ransom.
“My role in the ensemble scene of the meeting room – says Marchi – was to inform Mrs Getty, played by Michelle Williams, of our intention to publish the picture of the ear: it came to us, it was news, so it was right for us to do that.
The set was a former Fiat concessionary, a huge building that looked like a hangar, on the famous Magliana way. To my surprise, my dressing room was right in front of the big stars’. I put on my costume, a quick stop for make-up and I was ready to start.
A couple of smooth rehearsals and the filming of the scene started. It was surreal: I looked around and suddenly realised what was about to happen…” (Alex Marchi)
Alex Marchi (born Alessandro Marchi in Bolzano, Italy) is trilingual in Italian, English and German.
After obtaining a degree in Pharmacy at the University of Padova he moved to England in 2011, where he started his acting career. He spent a year at the Bristol Acting Academy before training intensively for two years at Drama Studio London, graduating in 2015.
Since then, Alex has been working as a professional actor appearing in various productions such as the Mental Health Awareness commercial “Not A Red Card” starring rugby referee Nigel Owens, “Caravaggio: Between The Darkness” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in which he played the title role of Caravaggio and Ridley Scott’s movie “All The Money In The World”.
Alex is also an actor-singer (baritone), a physical performer and an actor-combatant with a BASSC certification in Unarmed combat, Rapier and Dagger with distinction.
While working, Alex continues his training mainly focusing on improvisation and Lee Strasberg’s Method.
NY ELITE Interview with Alex Marchi
NY Elite: What are you latest and current movie projects?
My latest and most important role is the Newspaper Photo Editor in the new Ridley Scott’s movie “All The Money In The World”.
NY Elite: Can you tell us about your character in the film?
The severed ear of the kidnapped teenager J. Paul Getty III has arrived in an envelope at our headquarters. In the scene, as the Photo Editor, I inform Miss Getty (Michelle Williams) of our intention of publishing the picture of her son’s ear.
NY Elite: What was it like working with the director?
Ridley Scott is a proper gentleman. He has the calm of the wise, he puts you at ease. He has a very clear view of how the shot has to be but, as I noticed, he lets the actors express their own ideas. For me, personally, it was surreal: I was sitting in the same room with Michelle Williams, Mark Wahlberg and Sir Ridley Scott. I couldn’t believe it! But that was the moment every actor dreams of, so I kept calm and did my job.
NY Elite: In which movies have you played lead role?
I played the lead role in a few short movies but never in a feature film: hopefully the year 2018 will be the one.
NY Elite: Among all your roles so far, which has been your favorite one and why?
Definitely Caravaggio, the Italian painter in the 1600. He was a genius and, like many of them, he was never happy. As an actor, it was incredibly fun to dive deeply into his complex personality. He was crazy, a rebel, a great fencer, a bisexual, always up for a fight and some wine. He was incredibly talented: his paintings talked to you, his use of lights and shadows was unique. And, of course, he was incredibly sad: he struggled to find a place in society and a some kind of god, a meaning for his life.
NY Elite: What do you enjoy most about your acting career?
I like its variety. I like to tell stories, I like to become someone else and see with their eyes, to travel with my imagination. It’s a very difficult profession but also best one: anything can happen at any moment and I have just been the proof of this.
NY Elite: What other hobbies and interests do you have?
I love cooking, I strongly believe in homemade food: it is another great way to express our creativity. I also love travelling and am looking forward to my trip to Tanzania in April. I like being surprised when I travel, the discovery: I always improvise, whenever is possible. No organized tours, please.
NY Elite: Are you working on your next project now?
I am working on a new theatre piece about Primo Levi, the Italian Jew and chemist who survived Auschwitz. It’s a strong piece that raise awareness investigating humans and their capacity of producing evil. It’s very challenging as I get to play different characters, including German speaking ones.
NY Elite: What personal advice would you give to someone about impressing the directors during audition? How to audition?
Preparation: it’s the best way to get rid of nerves. Have fun with it: this is why you’re doing it. Enjoy learning the scene and enjoy performing it. Make strong choices and do it fully. And detail, detail, detail: they will make you stand out.
NY Elite: What causes/charities you actively support or feel strongly about?
I support Emergency UK: my friend is one of the founders. I know I can trust them. They are beautiful human beings that use plenty of their time and energy for others. They build hospitals, they are doctors who risk their lives every day in war zones.
NY Elite: What are the things in your life that you’re most grateful for?
I am healthy, I have a wonderful family, even if I don’t see them much. I am able to pursue my dreams but, mostly, I have a partner that I love and makes me happy everyday.