Thanks so much to Erica! She has pointed us toward the videos of the event and done an excellent translation of what Russell said in Italian:
”Good evening, this is my first time in Sicily and you give me a prize? Should I come more often! (General laughter of the audience.) Thank you very much, and thanks to Mario Sesti and Tiziana Rocca. I’ve always tried to Italy ‘s a deep love, even before becoming a gladiator. I know that you love the cinemas and I’ve always been grateful for the loyalty (he repeated the word a couple of times because it is a bit ‘difficult to pronounce … and the whole audience was smiling) of the Italian public. All this means to me much more than you can imagine. Strength and honor. Thank you.”
Excellent work, Erica!