Johnny rocking through the years performing on the Imperial Ball.
Today will be Johnny’s 6th concert!
Today will be Johnny’s 6th concert!
This Saturday night, January 18, Johnny will be rocking at the Duesenberg
’s non-profit charity concert “The Imperial Ball 2020″ at Anaheim Center for the Performing Arts in Anaheim, California!
The gates will be open at 7:00 PM and the event is scheduled to start at 8:00 PM and finish at 11:30 PM (California Hour)
(January 10), was aired in Italy the first episode from the 23rd Season of the Italian TV show “C’è Posta Per Te” (You’ve Got Mail) . The show was originally taped, 4 months ago, last September 5 at the Centro Titanus Elios studios in Rome, one day before the “Waiting For the Barbarians” press conference at Venice Film Festival.
In Italy this episode had a great audience and made Johnny’s name
appear on Trending Topics during that night.
Unfortunately the show is not subbed, and most people didn’t understand what happened. Thankfully some Italian fans or fans who knows a little bit of Italian shared some information on Twitter. I also found some pretty good transcripts from the show in some Italian sites and could also edit a little bit parts of Johnny’s audio to hear his own words (which in some parts were translated in Italian in a different way).
Anyway, I know it’s a little bit late, but it you are curious to know what really happened, and why this story touched so many people, I made a lengthy review/transcription about the show.
You can read right below:
So, as soon as Johnny entered on stage, he was received with a standing ovation. He
praises the beautiful studio and while the audience shouts his name he jokes asking the host, Maria
Di Filippi, if they were all his relatives. Maria invites
him for a brief interview and says that she doesn’t want to bother him
asking too many questions, so instead she will show him some objects taken from a red box and explains that he is
totally free to talk whatever he wants about it, even lies if needed. Curious, Johnny try peek what’s inside and jokes asking if should be scared.
First, Maria asks to see his hands, which as usual were filled with rings.
“Can I see the hands? They are full of rings that represent something" and then shows him a ring with a skull.
Johnny explains that there is something about skulls that has always meant something to him over the years:
“It’s a reminder that ‘now is Now’. Now is the time to live. Not yesterday. Not worry about tomorrow. It’s the now only. We can only be where we are right now”.
Next, Maria shows a small guitar, representing the music which Johnny agreed to
be eternal. Maria tells that she knows that he loves playing the guitar and on
the day before, when he arrived in Rome, he was also holding a guitar. Johnny answered
that he is always with one and that he can’t travel without a guitar.
Maria also talked about when Johnny started to play in a band during his teenage years,
and Johnny answered:
“I did, I actually start playing the guitar when I was 12
When she asked if he was self-taught, Johnny confirmed:
playing by listening to records. It really was one of those transitions in my
life, where I knew exactly I’d met my first love, and it was the guitar. It
saved my life”
Next Maria shows a Barbie doll. Johnny smiles and tells he knows a lot of
them. Maria joins the joke and says that she didn’t mean to ask him about his “private sentimental life”, but a question about being a father. Johnny smiled and told that when Lily-Rose wanted to play with Barbies, he was always with
her and joked about how he became very good at it (even the audience laughed) and while playing with the dolls, he ended up testing
characters on them, making voices and thus started to talk like Willy Wonka.
showed a photo of his friend Marlon Brando which even Johnny applauded.
Johnny tells about how he revolutionized the acting, the behavior in a movie
and how much he had a great fortune to meet him in 1994 when they made a
movie together, the following projects, and about how they became very
“He was my best friend, my father, my partner in crime… My mentor, teacher,
After this brief interview, Maria invites Rosa, who went to her office to tell her story.
Maria reveals that on that day Rosa was angry with life because it took
something from her. On the morning of January 15, 2019, Rosa received the phone
call she, for years, was so afraid to receive. The one with bad news.
On the phone the voice revealed that she had to go to the hospital in Fiumicino
(a town and comune in the Metropolitan
City of Rome) because her husband, Andrea, fell off the ladder while painting
a transmission tower. Unfortunately he died. Rosa was so devastated that she didn’t want to go to the
hospital or to his funeral, because she believed that he would return to his
So she asked for help at the C´è Posta Per Te “You’ve Got a Mail” because of her children; the
only beautiful things that he have left. She wants to surprise them with
Johnny’s presence and through him and this surprise, wants ask for
forgiveness because she believes she was a selfish on her pain.
When husband died, for four days she didn’t want to see nobody, not even her
children. She didn’t want to see them because she wanted to be with her husband
and was so hurt she ended up forgetting about the time. It wasn’t just the
death of her husband, but the death of the father of her children too. Now she
wants to try to make up and be the one she was before, be the mother she wanted to
be, although still struggling with her pain. Maria tells that Rosa had a dream, mainly of her
husband, to see his son Emanuele to become a barber and his daughter Rosalba, who loves
reading, to graduate. Unfortunately, she doesn’t know if she’ll be able
to make her and her husband’s dream come true because her husband was the only
one who worked, and she doesn’t know how she will succeed to make this dreams
come true, but she promises that she will try to make it.
While Maria was telling the story, Johnny kept supporting her, even giving his handkerchief to dry her tears.
they take a little break, now presenting “The Mailman”. The Mailman went to Andrea’s original city, Qualiano
(a commune in the Metropolitan City of
Naples) to deliver an invitation sent by Maria to Rosa’s children, Rosalba
and Emanuele to go to the show, without knowing the purpose.
Meanwhile, Johnny waits in the corner, while Rosa’s children who accepted the
invitation go on stage. Maria explains that when the envelope opens they will
see who called them.
When the envelope opens it reveals the TV screen showing their mother’s
hands holding a trophy in Andrea’s memory, making Emanuele and Rosalba
understand that her mother is the reason they are there.
Rosa talks to her children explaining that she had a good life and that in the beginning
their father slowly started to sacrifice himself working hard to provide a good
life for them too, and now he’s their “Best Angel”.
She now asks personally for apologies because at that time, she only saw her
pain, and not theirs.
Maria returns her narration explaining that during these 17 years of Andrea and Rosa’s life, they lived with a hidden but
present anxiety that one day the telephone would ring with bad news. Andrea had
a dangerous job, but he was well paid; But every time he climbed to reach the
pylons of high voltage from all Italy, 30 meters (almost 100 feet) high, she used to nervous. But he was proud of everything he could do to be able to give them a good life with the money earned. Rosa revealed that she didn’t tell them that Andrea had
a dream of seeing Rosalba graduated in Arts and wished that Emanuele would
become a professional barber. She remembered that when he returned home to spend
Christmas, he liked to buy gifts to put under the tree, but they were so
curious that they ended up opening earlier.
During 17 years Andrea was a beautiful person, protected them and gave them
everything he could, even sacrificing himself to become their angel. Andrea was
47 years old when he died and she can’t believe he will not come back for them
to make meals together or that from now one their family photo will not have
his smile, and that that one day, after 17 years, on January 15, 2019 the phone
would ring with bad news.
Later a note Rosalba had written and placed on
their refrigerator is
shown. It is written “You’re the sun
that makes trees grow, You’re the moon that puts angels to sleep”. Rosa believes that this have a good meaning because the sun and the moon are
always moving and thanks to their father, the family has lived in harmony for
years, like planets among the stars. Although starry night have not always been
there as in many families in the world, they also had some tough moments. When Rosa fell in love
with Andrea he was not well seen by her father because he came from a
troublesome family of seven children, but she went against everything and
Although they had a lot of love they were also poor, but he always taught them the honesty and value of right things. Then, he found this dangerous job he
was so proud of having. Even though returning only two weekends by month, he’d always
bring a gift and as soon he’d come home he used to turn off immediately his
mobile phone to devote only to his family who he loved above all the things.
“He was an extraordinary man, father, perfect and ideal husband, best friend,
who never gave up, but now he has gone.”
Rosa asks for forgiveness for not being able to react and give them the same
strength and light that their father used to give to them.
Maria follows narrating that Rosa stopped doing a lot of things since the
accident and that her relationship with Emanuele and Rosalba and her own mood changed, but she feels that
they don’t deserve that. So she decided to be a better mom although still feels
that what she did was unforgivable. She wants to be closer to their children
and strong enough to go to the cemetery and wonder if they will ever forgive
Rosa says that she still feels that Andrea is with them and promises that she
will come back to them and accompany them, because she owes it to her husband
and above it all she owes it to them.
that Emanuele e Rosalba kept giving their best during these sad months. Emanuele
worries about his mother not answering the phone quickly, but Rosa says that
she will never leave him even more for being her youngest child and for looking
So, Maria finishes Rosa’s story telling that Rosa wants to be a
better Mom (with capital letter) and made a special surprise to them that
neither she believed it would happen.
Emanuele and Rosalba, who were very touched, to look ahead
as the surprise is revealed getting both by surprise. Johnny who had
crossed the stage greets the audience, and greets Emanuele and Rosalba with
kisses, hugs and making fun sitting on their laps to stay between and closer to them.
that their story touched him, and the audience, deeply. He praises Emanuele
and Rosalba for being very special and courageous, just like their mother, and
that although they’ve lost their sun and moon, the light of their life, their
father is still with them and will always be around.
kneels in front of them and took two of his own bracelets and wrapped around
Emanuele and Rosalba wrists.
Johnny says that sometimes in his life he has been lucky because there were moments that he had people who were there for him, who saved, supported him and cared for him. And sometimes they
give him these small objects, the bracelets that have a lot of meaning to him, because when he feels a little
weak or down, he knows that there’s an army behind me. And when people have a
family, they also have an army around them.
said that he knows that Emanuele wants to be a barber while Rosalba prefers
art, so he calls the Mailman who brings a set of special customized barber
And for Rosalba he gives something that her mother and father dreamed and which
is also part of her own dreams, and place a graduation hat on her head along
with a paper which she reads and reveals to be a scholarship.
she had a dream come true, but Maria also reveals that Emanuele will also join
a professional course to learn the barber profession.
as she sees their dreams coming true and apologizes on last time for had though
more of herself. Then, Maria asks Emanuele and Rosalba if she can open the
mail, as a symbolism as acceptance of forgiveness. They say yes and both go to hug
we can also see that Johnny was also touched by this moment and Maria says that
Rosalba now has to promise to honor the scholarship. They all thanks and Johnny
gives another of his bracelets placing now on Rosa’s wrist.
And as the family
leaves the stage, Johnny follows them and waves goodbye to the audience.
The way Johnny dealt with the whole situation also called a lot of attention. We all know that Johnny IS a gentleman, and during the show we could see the respect he had with everyone, from greeting the audience, greeting Maria di Filippi, to the way he supported Rosa giving her space, holding her hand or giving his handkerchief, how he got close to Emanuele and Rosalba even giving his personal belongings, and how he respect the family giving them space to show their love.
So, Yes, it was an AMAZING and LOVELY moment.
Also, I’ve searched a little bit and it comes to my attention that their are well, and although Rosa misses her husband, she has her children back. Also Emanuele and Rosa are studying on the courses they had won.
I wish all the best to this family!
Hi! Do you know if the show in Italia has a subbed version? Or will you post something talking about the show? I'd like to know what happened because I saw a lot of people talking about and it seemed that it was a very moving moment… Love your blog x
Hello, my dear anonymous! How are you?
Well, unfortunately the show is only available in Italian and I don’t even know Italian… 😭 (crying in
Italian accent) 😂
BUT I found parts of some good transcripts in some sites and I also could change/edit a little bit of Johnny’s audio to hear his parts a little bit better (although not that good…)
If you follow this Tumblr, you know that sometimes I do my best to give you all a translation, but in this case, video and audio is not that easy to understand. That’s why I prefer magazines, books or newspapers.
Anyway… I was really thinking about post something to clarify why the show was so moving, to make those who doesn’t speak Italian understand the story, what Johnny said and what happened. So, I can’t make a full video, but I can, at least, give a good (lengthy) review talking about what happened.
I hope it helps. If so, maybe I can post it tomorrow. 😉 XO
Johnny, on the Italian TV show “´C’è Posta Per Te”, taped last September 2019 and aired last Saturday (January 11) in Italy.
You can watch the show (in Italian) HERE.
Based on the book by Aileen Mioko
Smith and W. Eugene Smith, directed by Andrew Levitas, who also wrote along
Stephen Deuters and Jason Forman (who also are executive producers along Johnny), “Minamata” is set to have its World Premiere at the “Berlinale” the Berlin International
Film Festival, which is set to happen from February 20 to March 1, 2020.
The official schedule with all appointments and locations, dates, hours, probable
attendance of cast, press conference, photo call and further information about
the movie is set to be revealed next February 11 and the following days until
the beginning of the festival.
movie, Johnny plays the Life magazine photographer W. Eugene Smith as he takes
on a powerful corporation responsible for poisoning the people of Minamata,
Japan, in 1971.