ITV Family Fortunes: Gino D’Acampo’s unlikely role in a Hollywood film alongside Sacha Baron Cohen


Gino D’Acampo has over the years become known as the cheeky, loveable Italian presenter and chef.

He regularly features on ITV’s This Morning, however he recently landed himself the role as host of Family Fortunes revival.

But you might be surprised to learn that Gino actually also starred in a Hollywood film, alongside the likes of Ali G and Borat creator Sacha Baron Cohen.

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This year, he appeared in American computer-animated coming-of-age fantasy film, Luca.

The TV chef voices a priest called Eugenio in the movie.

Luca is set in a seaside town on the Italian Riviera and follows a young sea monster called Luca (voiced by Jacob Tremblay) who disguises himself as a human boy while on dry land.

Sacha voices Luca’s Uncle Ugo Paguro, an anglerfish-like sea monster.

Gino initially turned down the opportunity to be part of the film.

The film came out in June 2021, set on the Italian Riviera in the 1950–1960s, the film centres on Luca Paguro, a sea monster boy with the ability to assume human form while on land
The film came out in June 2021, set on the Italian Riviera in the 1950–1960 (Credit: Publicity Picture)

“It was very bizarre,” Gino told the PA news agency. “They talked to me about seven, eight months ago to do this cameo role in this animation movie called Luca that Pixar and Disney did.

“At the beginning, I said no, I didn’t want to do it because, you know what? It’s not the kind of thing that I do. So I thought no, no, no, no, it really is not for me, blah.

“I didn’t know nothing about the movie – that’s the problem,” he continued. “So then Disney and Pixar, they sent me the video of the movie and they said ‘Look Gino, have a look at it and then please, see what you think again’.”

Gino D'Acampo is the in-house chef for ITV show This Morning
Gino D’Acampo is the in-house chef for ITV show This Morning

Gino said he watched the film and then “completely fell in love with” the title character, along with the location, which is where he filmed an episode of his cooking series, Gino’s Italian Escape.

“So then I thought, ‘Wait a second, I’m changing my mind,” he added.

“This is filmed in somewhere where I’ve been, I know very well, this little boy is just incredible, the story is all about friendship and it’s all about Italian food and how Italian people kind of live their life’.

“And so I said, ‘That’s it, I’m done, I don’t care, I want to do it’.”

The film received a positive reception when it came out.

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 91 per cent based on 280 reviews, with an average rating of 7.30/10.

The website’s critics consensus reads, “slight but suffused with infectious joy, the beguiling Luca proves Pixar can play it safe while still charming audiences of all ages.”





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