Playing a Legend: An Interview with “The Music of Silence” Star Toby Sebastian

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Toby Sebastian perhaps may be known for his role as Trystane Martell on Game of Thrones. However, the actor may have found his breakthrough role with his role of the central character based on musical icon Andrea Bocelli in The Music of Silence, coming to select theaters, VOD, and Digital HD on February 2 from AMBI Distribution.

World Film Geek had the chance to talk to Sebastian about his experience on the film.

Thank you Toby for talking about The Music of Silence. You truly gave out a wonderful performance in such an important film about a legendary singer. As a matter of fact, actors tend to have that breakthrough performance and I think this is yours for certain.
That means so much to me! Thank you! I really appreciate that.

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Toby Sebastian as Amos in The Music of Silence (AMBI Distribution)

How were you approached for the role of Amos and how did you prepare in terms of playing the role?
It’s quite interesting because I was offered the role and I love Andrea Bocelli. I had to mentally prepare because to be able to watch the way they move and speak, I felt very lucky in that respect. And before we started filming, I went to Forte dei Marmi, in Tuscany, where he lives with his family. And I got to spend five days with him. Without that, I wouldn’t have been able to do half the job I did.

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Antonio Banderas as “Maestro” in The Music of Silence (AMBI Distribution)

That’s amazing! Antonio Banderas plays the role of Maestro, who is a pivotal influence on Amos’ life. What was it like working with him on the set?
Great! Well, I kept kicking myself because it was a childhood dream to work with Zorro! (Laughs) He was amazing. He was incredibly giving. And he stepped up, well, I felt I needed to step up and he really helped me. It was such a huge undertaking, but it was better than I could ever imagine working with him.

That great! Well, you were really convincing when it came to the singing performances. Did you do your own singing of the film or was that all re-dubbed, not that it was a bad thing because as mentioned, you were convincing?
No we had all the recordings done and they were dubbed in. But, I still had to sing to make it look like I was actually sitting down on a power influence. So, I also had to learn Italian, and that was also definitely a challenge. But, you know, we had someone better singing and that was Andrea Bocelli (Laughs).

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The legendary Andrea Bocelli, whose life is depicted in The Music of Silence (AMBI Distribution)

You mentioned that you got to spend five days with Andrea Bocelli himself to prepare for the film. What was the experience like?
It was amazing! Considering that I came into his home, he was probably thinking, “Oh here’s this guy from Game of Thrones, playing me,” and I thought at first, that’s a very scary thing. He allowed me into his home. But it wasn’t like that. He went above and beyond for the film. He was very welcome and calm. He reassured me that I was going to be fine and he embraced me and accepted me. He’s an incredibly extraordinary man. He’s very strong and giving. It was a wonderful experience.

Finally, are there any projects that you will be working on that you can talk about?
I have a few projects. One I can talk about is one that we shot in Birmingham, Alabama coming out this summer called Trading Paint. John Travolta is in it as my co-lead playing my father. We are car racers so I got to drive an 800 horsepower race car for about two months. Shania Twain is also in it.

The Music of Silence comes to theaters, VOD, and Digital HD on February 2. Anyone who loves biopics and music will surely enjoy this film, especially with Toby’s performance. Thank you once again Toby for talking about the film.
Thank you so much! Once again, I really appreciate that!

A special Thank You goes to Katrina Wan PR and Toby Sebastian for making this interview possible. For more on Toby, check out his official Twitter page.

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