Mumbai: Tale padre, tale figlio (Like father, like son). O no? Lionsgate’s upcoming theatrical About My Father starring Robert De Niro and Sebastian Maniscalco is the whimsical tale of a father-son duo that are nothing alike. Torn between impressing his fiance's parents and leaving his father alone on fourth July, a son decides his best bet is bringing the two together. However, when Italian meets American; chaos is sure to ensue. Full of hilarious instances and riotous moments, About My Father is set to hit your screens on 26 May 2023. Inspired by the true story of Sebastian Maniscalco and his father Salvo Maniscalco, the film also sees Leslie Bibb and Kim Catrall in titular roles.
Talking about his early days in the US, Sebastian Maniscalco’s real-life father, Salvo Maniscalco said, “I came to the United States, from Sicily, when I was 15 years old. School really wasn’t for me, so I told my father, who was a barber, that I wanted to be a hairdresser. So, I’ve been working as a hairdresser since the age of 18.”
Giving a sweet tribute to his father, lead actor Sebastian Maniscalco said, “Salvo has been instrumental in my career. He’s been supportive as my biggest fan and critic. We’ve had this journey together, starting during my high school years, when we shared a passion for soccer. Then, once I became a stand-up (comedian), he jumped onto that. Salvo’s still vocal on what he likes and dislikes about my act. Now, he’s joined me on this journey with ‘About My Father.’” Salvo quickly added, “I’m the consultant on the film. I was on set to make sure they were doing justice to me!”
Of course, with the casting of Robert De Niro as Salvo, the elder Maniscalco had nothing to worry about - “Obviously, De Niro was my number one choice for the role of Salvo, and when we learned he was interested, we were like, ‘wow,’” remembered Sebastian.
Helmed by Laura Terruso and written by Austen Earl and Sebastian Maniscalco, the movie will be released by Lionsgate and PVRINOX Pictures.