Cinema: Tomorrow the popular actor will receive in Paestum the Charlot Award.
BUD SPENCER: I feel like a son of Charlie Chaplin
The king of movie's big smacks confesses : "He was my base model"

Carlo Pedersoli , alias Bud Spencer: The King of "huge smacks".
Salerno. To make people laugh he took up and refined an old comic style, changing the violence and succeeding in the huge exploit of making it appear not so bad in order to radicalize the stereotype of "good people " that have to be protected in every way, also with some big, well adjusted slaps.
Bud Spencer, alias Carlo Pedersoli, went to Paestum to get the appreciation to his career represented by Charlot Award that will be given to him tomorrow.
And his first thought went to Charlot. "Charlie Chaplin -he said- was my base model for my artistic inspiration. It was sufficient for him to interpret, with the peculiar feats and attitudes of his inimitable character, the times he lived to reach the goal of showing to the world a good satire, artistically mature and for this reason appreciated and immortal. Like him, I also totally aimed at the gestuality .
Even if I had the advantage of sound, I've leaved space to the images simply leaving to sound the always important function of support. In truth, because of my 120 kilos tonnage, I had not so much choice between the characters I should give life to".
Like Charlie Chaplin, also Carlo Pedersoli wanted to interpret in a satirical way the problems of his time.
If Charlot for fifty years (the first ones of the last century) denounced with bitter irony the dark sides of the new born mechanization that was damaging workers (for this reason Chaplin was even accused of communism and expelled from USA), of the Nazism then ruling (are very famous the Hitler's parodies who shares with him a great somatic likeness) and of the life of people that had no future and no face (in the fiction he always was an errant, a tramp), Bud Spencer wanted, time after time, to interpret the character of the Italian emigrant in America, of the "napoletano" who successfully rebels up to the Camorra "but specially - he said with some nostalgia - I remember the undramatization of Western, till the stereotyped in the historical cliché , wanted by Sergio Leone".
"Federico Fellini -he reveals- asked me to leave the comic to interpret "serious", dramatic scenes. But I casually arrived to the cinema: I've never felt like to betray my public.
Therefore I've never accepted and I remained with my professional origins". So, there are many similitudes with Charlie Chaplin, in spite of a difference of almost half century in the artistic age.

from Il Piccolo, 28/07/2005