Variety Interviews Pierfrancesco Favino

From Nobody, not even his mother, recognized Pierfrancesco Favino in his first Hollywood role: a cameo as Christopher Columbus in “Night at the Museum.”

But the 35-year-old Rome native has followed up with a meatier part in another Yank pic, “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” as Lord Glozelle — a general on horseback whom Favino calls a “bad guy with a conscience.” This time, could international notice be far behind?

“Of course I care about visibility,” says Favino, “but I’ve never been that hungry for popularity.”

And while Favino is still waiting to land a proper lead on either side of the Pond, playing Glozelle in “Narnia” is “really a gift,” he says.

“The thing about this type of (Hollywood) production is that — unlike Italian films I’ve done before — if you have a scene in which you’re on a horse, you prepare by riding for two months.”

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