From Don Matteo to Don Massimo: Raoul Bova and Nino Frassica ready to conquer the public

From Don Matteo to Don Massimo: Raoul Bova and Nino Frassica ready to conquer the public.

“It was important for me to face a new character. Spirituality has always been something that has fascinated me, and I have often sought it out, ever since I played St. Francis. But that of the parish priest is a figure that I wanted to explore further: they are people to be trusted, today we need more spirituality”. Word of Raoul Bova which enters Don Matthew 13: his character, Don Massimo, will take over the reins of the parish of Spoleto and of the series from the fifth episode.

Terence Hill’s greeting, during the press conference for the presentation of the successful Lux Vide fiction (from 31 March the new episodes on Rai 1 for a total of 10 prime time evenings), comes from his ranch in the United States: «Without the public from Don Matteo would not have been home, for this I would like to thank everyone: the crew, the many colleagues who have worked with me over the years, in particular my friend Nino Frassica. After the end of the set I missed you all ». The direction of Don Matteo 13 is by Francesco Vicario, Luca Brignone and Riccardo Donna. «Twenty years have passed – recalls the director of Rai Fiction Maria Pia Ammirati – and over two hundred and fifty episodes since the first episode and the fiction Don Matteo has trained many actors and directors». After 22 years the detective priest leaves the scene. The first episodes will still have the actor from “They called him Trinity” as the protagonist in the role of Don Matteo, who will continue to follow the investigations in Spoleto. From the fifth will come Don Massimo, or Bova. “I’ve received your love and I love it back,” says Hill. “Love each other well.” “There is only one Don Matteo, that’s why I wanted to meet Terence.

He told me: “You will be a new priest, you will have your name”. Don Massimo has a fairly important past, he fought for justice from a young age, he is a religious in evolution, who wants to get his hands dirty. He knows how to forgive, welcome, fight. Don Matteo will always be Don Matteo. Terence will always be Terence», underlines Bova. Among the novelties the return of Flavio Insinna in the role of Colonel Anceschi together with his daughter Valentina (Emma Valenti), now grown up, who will create many problems for him. Among the protagonists the veteran of fiction, Nino Frassicain the role of Marshal Cecchini, as well as Maria Chiara Giannetta (Captain Anna Olivieri), Maurice Lastrico (prosecutor Marco Nardi), Pietro Pulcini (Ghisoni) and Francesco Scali (Pippo). 255 episodes, 22 years of life: the series produced by Lux Vide with RaiFiction remains a brand to which the public is very attached. A small exhibition was set up in the Rai headquarters in Via Asiago to celebrate the fiction: Don Matteo’s bike and tunic (which Terence Hill never wanted to change), Don Massimo’s motorbike. The first episode of the thirteenth season begins with a sentence by Antonio Gramsci: «I want every morning to be a New Year’s Eve for me. Every day I want to deal with myself». Insinna says about his return: «It’s something I also thought about when I had to replace Fabrizio (Frizzi, ed) at the Legacy. It’s not a replacement, it’s an extra seat. He doesn’t replace himself in this profession.’ And again: «My fear was that of appearing aged for the codes of this series».

Nino Frassica

Nino Frassica with his usual humor: «I noticed Raoul’s arrival a month ago. I was playing my part and at one point I said ‘Do you have black hair Terence?’, then after a while I looked closely and saw Raoul Bova, but we had already finished the series. With his goodness and sympathy he will deserve our affection. He was promoted in Don Matteo’s family». When asked if a friendship between a man and a woman is possible, Maurizio Lastrico replies: «It’s a very beautiful story of friendship. Friendship involves jealousy and even confrontations.’ And Maria Chiara Giannetta: “Maurizio and I really ended up being two friends. This was born thanks to Don Matteo”. Then the actress adds: “The piece that Maurizio and I brought to Sanremo we rehearsed in front of the crew and the cast.” The two actors praise Frassica: «He’s the classmate who makes you want to go to school». When at the end of filming the word of Terence Hill’s exit from the scene spread on social networks, many fans protested, is there concern for Lux for the ratings? «As communicators – replies Luca Bernabei – we don’t always have to do what the public asks of us. We need to give new things to the viewer who protests at first but is then happy with what he finds. We need to change to keep the series always new, otherwise Giannetta would not have arrived as captain». Speaking of Giannetta, the actress confirmed to ANSA that “there will be a second season of Blanca”.

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From Don Matteo to Don Massimo: Raoul Bova and Nino Frassica ready to conquer the public