Now playing in theaters is director Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys. The film, which is based on the extremely popular stage musical, tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, chronicling the group’s rise in the 1960s with such hits as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like a Man” and subsequent troubles that came with their success. The film stars John Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Renee Marino, Mike Doyle, and Christopher Walken. For more on the film, watch the trailer or these clips.
At the New York City press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Vincent Piazza, who plays Tommy DeVito. He talked about landing the role, his month-long process of preparing for the film before the shoot, how he was the only principal cast member who didn’t come from the show, Clint Eastwood’s style of directing, deleted scenes, the final season of Boardwalk Empire, upcoming projects, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
- 0:45 – Talks about how he came onto the project and the up-and-down road to development.
- 2:55 – Comments on his month-long process of preparing for his role before the shoot.
- 3:55 – Talks about the Jersey Boys musical and how he was the only principal cast member who didn’t come from the show.
- 4:50 – Comments on Clint Eastwood’s style of directing, the level of trust on set, and filming his first scene.
- 6:15 – Talks more about Eastwood’s direction on this film, in which he shoots on digital for the first time, and more on the musical numbers.
- 8:05 – Talks about a number of deleted scenes.
- 8:50 – Reveals his reaction to seeing the film for the first time.
- 9:30 – Talks about going to see the musical production on stage after he found out he had been cast.
- 10:15 – Comments on his work on Boardwalk Empire and the mysterious nature of its characters over the years.
- 11:20 – Reveals his reaction to the news that Boardwalk Empire is coming to a close.
- 12:10 – Talks about his upcoming projects.