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Director Vittorio De Sica, who also plays the role of count Prospero, often used to pick up actors for his movies from the streets. He proposed the role of count Prospero to lawyer Alfredo Jelardi, whom he had seen in action in a court in Naples and who was well known in Naples. De Sica invited the lawyer in a hotel in Naples to discuss the proposal: Jelardi was really interested, despite never having performed in any kind of recitation, but at the end he decided to refuse the proposal because the role remembered him too much some aspects of his private life. Jelardi asked De Sica to personally play the role drawing inspiration from him.
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