Personality Test: Amedeo Fusca
Amadeo Fusca, 27, who grew up in Churchill, is an actor and comedian living in New York City. He plays a young gangster in “A New York Heartbeat” (www.anewyorkheartbeatmovie.com) alongside Eric Roberts and Rachel Brosnahan (“House of Cards”). It was shot in Pittsburgh in 2010, and producers are seeking distribution options for a wider release. It recently played at the Regent Square Theater.
Fusca also starred in the short film “The Gate Agent,” which premiered at the 2013 Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival in June, and then in New York City. It's hitting the film-festival circuit in the fall.
He won the Friars Club's “So You Think You Can Roast” competition, which gave him a spot on the Friars Club's roast of Jack Black. He does a lot of stand-up and improv comedy at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater and other venues in New York City.
The star who would play me in the movie version of my life and why:
If age didn't matter, I would pick Christian Bale. He's a phenomenal actor.
Childhood hero and why:
Hulk Hogan. I loved him when he was good and when he turned bad.
The piece of memorabilia from my childhood I wish I still had:
I had a three-horse Merry Go Round machine in my basement growing up.
The superpower I wish I had in real life and why:
Flying. Hands down. Save on travel costs.
I can't live without my: iPod, cell phone, DVR or laptop?
iPhone. Can't wait until they pass the law where man and machine can be joined in holy matrimony.
My favorite reality show:
None. But, if I had to pick one, I think “America's Got Talent” is positive and is really trying to help talented people get recognized.
App I wish I could invent:
The “How much is she into?” app — or ‘What should I text her next?' app
Favorite brunch food:
Favorite guilty pleasure:
Is this questionnaire trying to get me arrested?
Best mistake I've ever made:
I randomly signed up for auditions for the musical in ninth grade, because I stayed after school for detention. I ended up playing Fagin in “Oliver!” And boom, the acting obsession was in full effect.
Something I would do over if I could and why:
Game 3 of the championship of the Jewish Community Center baseball league. Bases loaded, 2 outs, down by 1 run and I struck out. Nobody told me to crowd the plate.
E. I hate sports
Steelers. I am obsessed with the NFL. Like every team really. Don't even hate the Ravens.
My favorite Pittsburgh athlete:
Hines Ward. He was always super clutch in the playoffs.
Favorite lunchtime spot:
My couch in front of my TV and laptop.
Top thing on my “Bucket List” to do before I'm gone:
Make an undeniably great movie.
My favorite thing about Pittsburgh is:
The clothing store New York New York in Station Square. Lots of great clothing, accessories and bling there
Star I'd like to dance with on “Dancing with the Stars”:
Beyonce — after her divorce with Jay Z
Three people I'd love to have dinner with:
Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino
My quirkiest inherited trait:
My posture. Thanks, Dad.
My favorite sandwich, plus fixings:
Cheeseburger sub from Veltre's — American cheese, ketchup, mayonnaise
One word my mother would use to describe me:
Passionate (and cheap)
The oldest thing in my refrigerator is:
When I was 10, I wanted to be:
A rock and roller
Exercise I hate most:
Jogging. I love to run, but I need a purpose, like playing basketball or catching football.
I'm deathly afraid of:
If I was auditioning for “American Idol,” my song would be:
“She's Got a Way” by Billy Joel
The first band I saw in concert (when and where):
Rolling Stones with my dad when I was 7 or 8 at the Civic Arena or may have been Three Rivers Stadium
The best concert I've ever seen:
Bruno Mars at Barclays Center in June. He kills it.
TV marathon I could watch all day and why:
“Friends,” “Taxi” and “Game of Thrones.” I watch all three of these all the time already.
Saturday mornings you'll find me:
Giving tours around New York City for On Location Tours. Pointing out famous TV/movie sites and cracking a million corny jokes for 31⁄2 hours.
Best new gadget I've tried recently.
Acoustic guitar. I love trying to play guitar.
The person I'm most often mistaken for:
People tell me I look like Colin Farrell in “Phone Booth.”
In high school, I was:
Always hunting for girls.
The movie that always makes me cry:
Anything with Owen Wilson. I always cry to myself “How does he keep getting movie roles? He does the same exact thing in every movie.”
My most treasured fashion accessory is:
My $138 Cole Haan black dress shoes. I went through a lot of sleepless nights before making my final decision to spend that much on a pair of shoes.
What you'll always find in my glove compartment:
Change ... love spending exact change
My most embarrassing junk food:
I'm not really embarrassed about this, but all of them.
If I wasn't an actor/comedian, I'd be:
A sports broadcaster
My favorite Pittsburgh pizza:
Mineo's. Hands down.
Movie I could watch every time it appears on cable:
My favorite website:
My most memorable fashion mistake:
Throughout high school, I rocked a mustache.
If I could live my life as someone else, it would be:
God? I dunno, I really enjoy my life now and weird antics. Though probably somebody tall.
My favorite “bad” movie is:
“Just Friends.” I don't think it's bad at all.
My first job:
My worst job:
Selling comedy tickets in Times Square for a week.
My favorite cable channel:
HBO — or ESPN
The song that always gets me out on the dance floor and why:
“Cha Cha Slide.” Gotta dance to that. I love dancing.
Life would be better without:
If I could tour with any two bands, they would be:
The Beatles and Billy Joel
I never travel without my:
People would be surprised to know that I:
Have never properly learned how to ride a bike and have never really tried
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