VIDEO: Ralph Macchio, Mario Cantone 'Bringing Italian-Americans Back To Theatre' in A ROOM OF MY OWN
"We're all excited and we get there... Who's this Mario Cantone?," the former child star of THE KARATE KID recalls asking.
"He killed it. It was a great night."
The pair are looking forward to more nights of killing it in Messina's semi-autobiographical comedy about living with his eccentric Italian-American family in late-1970s Greenwich Village.
Macchio plays Carl Morelli, a writer who reminisces about his adolescence and childhood dreams of the world outside his crowded downtown tenement. Wishing for his own room-and an Atari video game-young Carl shares the tiny studio in a five-flight crumbling walk-up apartment with his unemployed father, older sister, and strong-willed mother. Other relatives include an estranged aunt and a high-strung uncle, portrayed by Cantone.
Chatting with NBC's The Today Show. the two sure play off each other like family.