Benigni, hinted for 'Inferno' role, invites Brown to show

'We should meet' says Oscar winner, Dante scholar

Benigni, hinted for 'Inferno' role, invites Brown to show

Florence, June 10 - Roberto Benigni said Thursday he hoped bestselling novelist Dan Brown comes to one his live shows since he is interested in casting the Oscar-winning performer in an adaptation of his new book 'Inferno'. "I hope he comes one evening. Our staffs are in touch, we'll have a meeting," said Benigni. Brown, known for blockbusters such as The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, said in Florence last week he wanted the filmmaker and star of Life is Beautiful to appear in a highly anticipated film version of 'Inferno', which is centered around Dante's Medieval masterpiece the Inferno, the first in his three-part epic poem The Divine Comedy. Brown called Benigni "a great Dante Scholar" for his routine performances of Dante's epic poetry from memory before sold-out venues in Italy, the next series of which takes place in Florence July 6-20. Benigni, who was performing excerpts of Dante at the mayor's office inside Florence's famed Palazzo Vecchio Monday, confessed he still needed to read Brown's book, which was released mid-May and immediately became a number-one bestseller. "I'm not sure what he's written, but already the title, 'Inferno', is extraordinary and very beautiful," he said.

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