Grey’s Anatomy actor’s cameo explained
Pixar’s Luca movie features Grey’s Anatomy actor Giacomo Gianniotti in a surprisingly nosed role at the start of the film.
In a cast on the nose, the actor Giacomo Gianniotti plays the character of Giacomo in Pixar’s Luca. In the opening scene of the film, the character comes face to face with a sea monster off the coast of the Italian Riviera, then watches in amazement as the creature leaps into the air and then walks away. The shaven young fisherman is voiced by Giacomo Gianniotti, an actor in Grey’s Anatomy.
Luca, now available on Disney +, begins with Giacomo and Tommaso (Gino La Monica) sailing the Ligurian Sea near Isola Del Mare. They discuss stories about sea monsters and listen to a recording of “O Mio Babbino Caro”, performed by Maria Callas. From the lower depths emerges a sea monster – presumably one of the main characters, Alberto Scorfano (Jack Dylan Grazer) – who attempts to pick up playing cards and then retreats into the water. The moment establishes local mythology, as Giacomo and Tommaso learn that sea monsters are very real. Their ship, “Gelsomina”, also refers to the iconic character of Giulietta Masina in Federico Fellini’s 1954 film. La Strada.
Gianniotti has a relatively small role in Luca, but fans of Grey’s Anatomy can recognize its name in the credits. From 2015 to 2021, the Italian-Canadian actor played Andrew DeLuca in more than 100 episodes of the ABC series. The character first appears in Grey’s Anatomy season 11 as an intern at Gray Sloan Memorial Hospital, and ultimately suffers a dark fate in season 17. In the ABC series, DeLuca develops romantic relationships with Maggie Pierce (Kelly McCreary), Sam Bello (Jeanine Mason) and the protagonist from the series Meredith Gray (Ellen Pompeo).
In addition to roles in the Disney + movie Luca and Grey’s Anatomy, Gianniotti is known to have voiced Clint Barton in the video game Marvel’s Avengers. On TV he played Lord Julien in The CW’s Reign, Leslie Garland in the Canadian Series Murdoch Mysteries, and Freddy in the ephemeral ABC series selfie. Gianniotti’s movie roles include Jimmy Dougherty in The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, Sam Stoller in the movie 2016 Race, and Kris in the 2019 Canadian production of Sergio Navarretta cuban.
Luca’s The ending sets up a sequel, so there’s a chance Gianniotti will reprise his role in the future. At the very least, the actor’s appearance in Luca allowed him to reconnect with his Italian roots, as he was born and briefly raised in Rome, Italy. Gianniotti also voices Giacomo in the Italian dub for Luca, which will undoubtedly increase his popularity throughout his native land. In April 2019, Luca‘s Giacomo Gianniotii returned to Italy to marry his girlfriend, Nichole Gustafson.
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