Interview with Marco Bonadei: “Thanks to the film “Diabolik 2 – Ginko on the attack!” I got back to the world of comics”

“My character looks like something out of a movie with Tomas Milian and it was a lot of fun playing him.” A transversal and very talented actor, Marco Bonadei took part in the second chapter of the trilogy, based on the comic book by the Giussani sisters, “Diabolik 2 – Ginko all’attacca”, directed by Marco and Antonio Manetti, in cinemas from 17 November, where he plays Agent Urban.

Furthermore, after the success of Steven Berkoff’s show “Alla Greca”, he will be back on stage at the Teatro dell’Elfo from 9 to 22 December with “Nel Shell”, directed by Cristina Crippa, and with Apple Banana by Aureliano Delisi in March 2023.

In this video interview Marco Bonadei told us about “Diabolik 2 – Ginko on the attack”, but also about his next projects and the desire to continue his research work on Berkoff’s language.

Marco, in the film “Diabolik 2 – Ginko on the attack!” you play Agent Urban. What can you tell us about it?

“He is a shady character, who will have non-fundamental implications for the development of the plot of “Diabolik 2 – Ginko on the attack!” because it’s always and only one who wins (smiles). I felt catapulted into the seventies and very cool, just like the atmosphere that reigns throughout the film. Agent Urban looks like something out of a movie with Tomas Milian and it was a lot of fun playing him. My father sold used comics for twenty years so I took a dip in the past”.

What is your relationship with comics today and who is your favorite superhero?

“I haven’t read them for a long time but in recent years I have become passionate about the world of Gipi, Moebius, L’amour, the works of authors such as Andrea Pazienza and the great classics of Italian comics but I have also started looking abroad. Diabolik was a rediscovery thanks to the film. I went to see the first chapter at the cinema and then there was my participation in the second and I also got closer to the Giussani sisters”.

What was it like working with the brilliant Manetti Bros?

“Beautiful. Being brothers they have a symbiotic relationship and you are faced with a craft cinema where the directors take care of everything. Marco is at the monitors, Antonio instead on the battlefield with the steady on the actors, so you feel protected and you realize that you are playing with them and building the story together”.

How did you get on with the rest of the cast?

“I had the opportunity to work with the extraordinary Valerio Mastandrea, who plays Ginko and is a crazy actor. Being on set with him is like being in school, and he’s also a wonderful person who knows how to make you feel at ease and get into work with ease. It was a very nice experience”.


Up until a few days ago at the Teatro dell’Elfo you staged the show “Alla Greca” in the role of Eddy, in which Steven Berkoff reinvents the myth of Oedipus by making a parody of it…

“The text is set in Thatcher’s London, Berkoff in fact wrote this text in 1981 which is action in the word, foul language, monologues that are rivers that fit together and slap the audience a good slap. It is an ever-current show, both for the socio-political themes that concern not only Italy but Europe and the world, both for the expressive power it has and for the politically incorrect which at the time was total freedom of expression unlike today. Stage a text, even very vulgar in the words it uses but not in the content and in what it manages to convey, in front of an audience accustomed to this new form of politically correct, has had positive and negative feedback and we are happy because it was a liberating adventure. It’s a show that praises women from every point of view, it’s feminist without flattery and without falling into respectable schemes. Playing Eddy was a great adventure, he is a character who opens doors and windows to your heart, to your bowels and allows you to bring out the raging river that is inside you ”.

And now you’ll be back on stage with “In the shell”, a play based on the homonymous work by Ian McEwan which had great success last year, in which you play a fetus…

“If “Alla Greca” is a rewriting of Sophocles’ tragedy with a different ending where Oedipus chooses not to tear out his eyes and not make his mother commit suicide but, which is striking for a people like the Italian one in which the figure of the mother is sacred, to return to the maternal womb, to close the circle we bring back “In the shell”. The basic story is that of Hamlet revisited by Ian McEwan. The show is set in contemporary London where this ninth-month pregnant Hamlet, played by me, perceives external voices and what is happening in the world and realizes that his mother is about to kill his father. This will put him in a crisis and he will have to decide what to do within his possibilities ”.

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What projects will you be involved in next?

“I had the honor of taking part in “The return of Casanova” by Gabriele Salvatores, a very intimate film, partly autobiographical, which touches deep emotional chords and I hope it will be released in the cinema soon”.

In the theater field, on the other hand, are you planning any new shows?

“I’ll be on tour with Orson Welles’ “Moby Dick alla prova” between January and February and then I’ll make my debut at the Elfo Puccini in March with a project of which I’m also the author, “Apple Banana”, on the theme of choice. When the shows are children of your hands and your creativity it is exciting to bring them on stage”.

Is there a particular text or character you would like to play?

“Having known Berkoff, I would like to continue researching his language. Then there are the great characters from Shakespeare’s works that are always interesting to play. I also hope that some good translators will submit new dramaturgies that have not yet been performed in Italy”.

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Theater and the arts in general often bring important issues with them and manage to convey social messages to the public. How much responsibility do you feel as an actor and author in bringing certain characters to the stage?

“I think it’s about empathy in all respects, in the sense that we are primarily concerned with bringing humanity to the stage, so I never concentrate on the theme itself which is mainly in the hands of the director and our study of the work, I I deal more with the human, with the relationship you can generate with your colleagues and with the tacit exchange with the public, as you will never know what you have moved in others, but you can see what moves you. The more the audience is present, welcomes and lets itself be transformed into laughter as in a more interior work, the more the same also happens to the actor. The beauty of the theater lies in its occurrence, in the here and now and in its uniqueness. It’s a responsibility that we both take on night after night, actors and audience in the hall”.

by Francesca Monti

cover photo credit Paolo Palmieri

Thanks to Delia Parodo

Interview with Marco Bonadei: “Thanks to the film “Diabolik 2 – Ginko on the attack!” I got back to the world of comics”