With the amiable conviviality typical of his region Emilia-Romagna, Stefano Accorsi, born in Bologna in 1971, has succeeded during the last few years in playing a more and more important role in the Italian TV and movie industries.
Accorsi has played different types of men in his artistic career: a boy-next-door, a charismatic charmer, a “decent man” or, when necessary, a mentally disturbed young lad. In each role, he always shows great credibility and maintains a special charm that puts him at ease in any circumstances. In March 2007, he told L’Espresso:
“This is the way I am. I don’t believe in God, but I have faith in the force of life. I feel real excitement in the magic of a movie, of a new encounter, in politics that may change things, in the projects that come up in my mind.”
It seems like centuries ago when in 1994 the Emilian actor became a TV hit thanks to a famous vanilla and chocolate ice cream commercial. The catchphrase “Du gust is megl che uan” (Two flavors are better than one), recited by Accorsi in a “genuine regional Italian” dialect and English mixed language, is still a cult classic.
It seems like centuries ago when in 1994 the Emilian actor became a TV hit thanks to a famous vanilla and chocolate ice cream commercial, the Maxibon Motta. The catchphrase “Du gust is megl che uan” (Two flavours are better than one), recited by Accorsi in a “genuine regional Italian” dialect and English mixed language, is still a cult classic.
Actor, dubber, and director of short films, Accorsi is a versatile artist, able to carefully select his professional tasks. A symbol of special Italian charm, he was chosen in 2012 and 2013 by Peugeot, one of the most important French car brands, as well as by Sky TV, for advertising campaigns.
But his talent is best displayed in feature movies: he was awarded once with a Coppa Volpi for best male actor at Venice Film Festival, twice with a David di Donatello Award, three times with a Nastro d’argento, twice with a Golden Ciak, and once with a Golden Globe.
His first roles date back to the beginning of the 90s. Besides being the protagonist of the cult classic, ’Jack Frusciante è uscito dal gruppo’, during this decade Accorsi worked with Pupi Avati (‘Fratelli e sorelle’), Carlo Mazzacurati (‘Vesna va veloce’), Daniele Luchetti (‘I piccoli maestri’), and Luciano Ligabue (‘Radiofreccia’).
He reached his greatest success during the 2000s: ‘L’ultimo bacio’ and ‘Baciami Ancora’ by Gabriele Muccino, ‘Le fate ignoranti’ by Ferzan Özpetek, ‘La stanza del figlio’ by Nanni Moretti (winner of a Palm d’Or at Cannes Film Festival in 2001) and ‘Romanzo criminale’ by Michele Placido.
But the character he played that has truly entered our hearts, is the ex-pilot and drug addict Loris, protagonist of ‘Veloce come il vento’ (2016) by Matteo Rovere. Loris is a genuine and humane individual, disenchanted but stubborn, and on the contrary, ready to offer himself for the good of others.
In the last few years, he has proven to be a great TV actor, able to adapt his expressive and gestural style for the role of Leonardo Notte in ‘1992’ and ‘1993’, as well as for the Prime Minister role in ‘The Young Pope.’ While his latest movie role was in ‘Fortunata’ by Sergio Castellitto, audiences are certainly looking forward to his next collaboration with Luciano Ligabue, who will direct him in ‘Made in Italy’, a movie to be released in Italy in 2018.
“Irene, another Maxibon?”
“Yeah, sure, it pays… what’s your name?”