He was often witty and sarcastic: “They come for you in the morning with a limousine; they take you to the studio; they stick a pretty girl in your arms… and they call that a profession? Come on”! In 1957, director Visconti trusted Marcello Mastroianni (1924-1996) with a role in the movie “White Nights”, a modern adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s short story with the same title. During the second half of the 20th century, he went on to star in more than 100 films by great Italian directors such as Fellini, Visconti, Vittorio De Sica, Antonioni, and others.
After starring in the film “La Dolce Vita” in 1960, he would no longer accept roles that would personify him as a “Latin Lover”. He was not a narcissist, but he shunned the likes of Hollywood. “I am not handsome, nor am I a great artist. I do things simply, and this is my strength,” he stated. He adored women, and his conquests included some of the most beautiful women of his time, such as Claudia Cardinale, Faye Danaway, Catherine Deneuve, Brigitte Bardot, Anouk Aimée and Anita Ekberg. After all, as he once said, “every woman knows the art of saying ‘no’ with the lips and ‘yes’ with the rest.”