This week we’ll be introducing Anthony Sottile, an Australian actor who has been playing Manuel in Faulty Towers The Dining Experience for just over 3 years now. He is currently touring in Europe and made in his debut on the West End, London last October.
Q1: What’s your favourite part of working with Faulty Towers The Dining Experience so far or favourite Faulty moment?
A: Plainly put, seeing the world – and unfortunately I have too many favourite Faulty moments to only mention one!
Q2: Describe yourself in 3 words?
A: Mostly always bloated!
Q3: What’s your best (or worst) corpsing story?
A: Edinburgh 2011 – Kevin Whittle was playing Basil and it was the beginning of the show out in the alley-way, and he read out the first name on the seating plan… “Sharky”. A lady responded to her name being called and Basil pretended he didn’t hear her and stepped in to help the situation. “Mr. Faulty, Mr. Faulty, is this lady”, “Who?”… “the fish lady”, and that’s all I said. The crowd broke into fits of laughter and Kevin corpsed, and I couldn’t hold it in either. It’s the only time I have truly corpsed.
Q4: What similarities and differences are there between you and the character you play?
A: We’re both eager to please and I’d like to think pure and kind hearted. And sweet! And adorable!!… Did I mention humble…?
Q5: If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?
A: Probably a cat… I like lounging around (I’m quite good at it really), and it’d be nice to try it with an extra pair of legs!
Q6: Who’s your favourite other cast member to share a dressing room with and why?
A: Recently, I’ve been performing with Jordan mostly, so I’ve become accustomed to his musical sound effects (hint: they sound like various breeds of ducks being run over by a car!).
Q7: If your character had a dating profile, what do you think it would say?
A: Innocent Spanish man looking for lovely catholic Spanish lady, who likes small fury little things!!
Q8: What was your last tweet or Facebook status?
A: I shared a video we made of Manuel on his way to Heerlen, Netherlands.
Q9: What don’t you leave home without?
A: Mobile phone and wallet.
Q10: Do you have any hidden talents?
A: Yes, a few – but they’re not for public viewing; hence “hidden talents”!