How George Clooney Cast a Young Brooklyn Resident for His Next Film – The New York Times

It was March 2020, the beginning of the lockdown, and Daniel Ranieri, then 8, was growing very serious about public safety. He decided to express his thoughts on the matter in an expletive-laden video presentation, imploring viewers to skip “parties and the casino.” It went viral.

Jimmy Kimmel ended up doing a live Zoom session with Daniel, comparing him to Joe Pesci. Within five minutes of airing, George Clooney’s people were calling. A few days later, Daniel had been cast in Mr. Clooney’s next movie, “The Tender Bar.”

“When my mom told me I got the part, I kept saying: ‘What? I can’t believe it. Oh my God, Ma, I can’t believe it,’” said Daniel, who plays the main character in the film as a child. “I loved spending time with the cast. Everyone was really nice. George Clooney shot hoops with me. He’s a really good player. My mom got a part. She plays one of my aunts. She didn’t have to audition.”

“The Tender Bar,” based on the memoir of J.R. Moehringer, was just released in theaters and will be available on Amazon Prime starting Jan. 7.

Daniel, 10, lives with his mother, Danielle Ranieri, 51, a public-school teacher, and his father, Stephen Cacioppo, 51, an electrician, in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn.

SATURDAY SETS THE TONE If I’m going to church with my gaga, what’s what I call my grandpa, or my best pal or my buddy, my mom wakes me at 7:30 a.m. If not, I wake up on my own at 9 or 10. I like to play video games: Madden NFL, PlayStation 5, NBA 2K22, which is a basketball game, at night on Saturdays. Sometimes it’s with friends on the phone or a friend will sleep over, or I just play on my own, so if I’m up late I might sleep later.

INDOOR SPORTS I do a morning stretch. Then I get on my phone. I play mini basketball on the hoop on my door, or soccer. I make a small goal area with a beanbag and a chair and try to kick the ball through.

CEREAL MOVES At 10 I have family breakfast. I just started to pour my own cereal, Special K Chocolatey Delight. I don’t pick out the chocolate first because then I won’t touch the rest of it, which is what I used to do with Lucky Charms. I’d eat the marshmallows and drink the milk and leave the rest. Sometimes my dad makes chocolate chip pancakes, or bacon and eggs. Then we talk about what we’re going to do that day.

PIECING TOGETHER If there’s time, I do some Legos. I just made this big white owl, with 1,700 pieces, which took three days. The head moves. I got some help from my assistant, which is what I call my grandpa when he’s working with me on this or puzzles. I also made a Star Wars spaceship.

BOOKS, NUMBERS, STARS I’m in the fifth grade. I do homework on …….

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/17/nyregion/daniel-ranieri-tender-bar.html

It was March 2020, the beginning of the lockdown, and Daniel Ranieri, then 8, was growing very serious about public safety. He decided to express his thoughts on the matter in an expletive-laden video presentation, imploring viewers to skip “parties and the casino.” It went viral.

Jimmy Kimmel ended up doing a live Zoom session with Daniel, comparing him to Joe Pesci. Within five minutes of airing, George Clooney’s people were calling. A few days later, Daniel had been cast in Mr. Clooney’s next movie, “The Tender Bar.”

“When my mom told me I got the part, I kept saying: ‘What? …….

It was March 2020, the beginning of the lockdown, and Daniel Ranieri, then 8, was growing very serious about public safety. He decided to express his thoughts on the matter in an expletive-laden video presentation, imploring viewers to skip “parties and the casino.” It went viral.

Jimmy Kimmel ended up doing a live Zoom session with Daniel, comparing him to Joe Pesci. Within five minutes of airing, George Clooney’s people were calling. A few days later, Daniel had been cast in Mr. Clooney’s next movie, “The Tender Bar.”

“When my mom told me I got the part, I kept saying: ‘What? …….

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