Dancing With the Stars contestant Gilles Marini says that when he is acting on-screen sometimes less is more. Clearly if you saw his full-frontal nude shower scene with a leering Kim Cattrall in the first Sex and the City movie.
I really wanted to push some boundaries, says Marini, who in 2008 played Dante, Cattralls sexy neighbor. Im very far away from this character. Im a real family man. My daughter was already born. I said, Please, hopefully, she will never ever watch this. One day, Im sure she will. Shell say, Daddy!
The French-born Marini had barely any dialog in his first major screen appearance, but he left a lasting impression. I really worked my hardest to make this character, even if it was a couple of lines and a couple of scenes, very memorable.
The shower scene took two hours to film on an open set with Cattrall, a dog and about 200 crew members. I was looking up and there was a guy with a boom and a long beard saying, Whats up, dude!
Marini, 36, says he blocked out as much as he could about shooting the big scene and apologizes for any shortcomings. It was kind of cold water. And it was in the winter. Put that in your mind. Youre a man, youre outside in the cold in the cold water. Brother, everything shrinks! And it sucks!
Sex and the City led to a regular role in ABCs family drama Brothers & Sisters.
Imagine you, 30 years old or something like that, and this is your first job. That was my first job with the best actors in the world. Sally Field, Rachel Griffiths, he says. There is nothing left to the unknown with Rachel. Shes very, very specific and so professional that it makes you feel you need to go back to acting class for six lifetimes. Dave Annable, Calista Flockhart, Rob Lowe, Ron Rifkin. Its sick. I was the only one on the set who never won anything. And [director] Ken Olin said, You are the superstar. I said, Cmon Ken. It was the first time I could tell the world Im a little bit more than Dante. And I have a lot more to prove.
Marini first appeared on DWTS in 2009. He and his then-dance partner came placed second. Now hes back, dancing with current partner Peta Murgatroyd.
Last week as part of his dance routine, Marini flew over the stage in a harness. That was not scary at all, said the one-time firefighter. The scary part was the dancing. Actually, my zipper was open. I was up and I thought, Oh my God, my zipper is open! And I closed it.
Sex and the City co-star Mario Cantone says hes rooting for his friend, who is competing against celebrity contestants including Bristol Palin. If he doesnt win Dancing With the Stars All-Stars, Im going to break my flat screen, Cantone joked.
Just after last weeks DWTS appearances, Marini and Murgatroyd flew to South Florida where he shot a Perry Ellis print ad campaign. He is spokesman for the companys Axist clothing line.
At a North Miami Beach private dance studio, Marini and Murgatroyd rehearsed a Bollywood routine for Mondays DWTS episode.
Hes at home in South Florida, says Marini, who lived about four years in Miami Beach after leaving France in 1998.
I stayed here a couple of seasons. I did modeling. Some commercials. I did all my modeling in Miami. I was married in Miami. My son was born in Jackson Memorial Hospital. Miami means the world to me, man. This is where were from. This is where I feel the adventure really started. I had nothing, not even a peck of English, says Marini, who became an American citizen three months ago. I actually lived the real true American dream.