Sophia Loren has revealed that she is proud to be the only Italian actress starring in Nine, the smash-hit musical film that stars Daniel Day-Lewisand a bevy of Hollywood’s leading ladies.
The movie, which is based on Italian director Federico Fellini’s famous film 8½, is directed by Rob Marshall and has already been nominated for a Golden Globe for best musical or comedy.
The all-star cast includes Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Dame Judi Dench, Kate Hudson and Fergie.
Loren, 75, who stars as Mamma in the film, said: 'When Rob Marshall called me up and said, 'We are going to do this film about the story of Fellini and I would like you to be in it', I was very proud of it because I was the only Italian in the film to be able to say Italian movies are still wonderful all over the world.'
She added: 'So, I accepted in a very nice way and Rob told me – he was lying, of course – that he was not going to do the film if I wasn't in it. So, I said, 'For the sake of his career, it's OK, I'm going to be in it.’'
When asked if she thought Italians had changed since the original 1963 movie, she shot back: 'Why should Italians not be the same as 40 years ago? Italians will be the same always, all the time. Italians are a people that have a lot of heart, a lot to say in every field and we will always be very successful – and proud of being Italian.'