Lino Banfi, guest of yesterday’s episode, March 26, of Verissimo talks about it with an open heart. The beloved actor, inevitably moved, spoke of his wife Lucia, who passed away in February. The woman has been in great pain lately. “She’s tough. People who have lived together for a lifetime, stuck like glue and paper, if you suddenly tear the paper, there’s no way to put it back together. It’s all so confusing, strange,” Banfi explained in Silvia Toffanin’s living room.
Lucia Lagrasta had been suffering from Alzheimer’s for years, but in the last period a bad illness had taken over. Making a comparison with the world of cinema, the actor explained: “I was following the Alzheimer’s script, I followed it well, I knew the part by heart. The professor said to me: “Lino, we are now in a phase in which every film he sees, every program he sees, he says he has already seen. Get used to this.” And when he said he had already seen them, I replied that I didn’t remember them and she replied: “Maybe you weren’t there that day”. The professor then told me to tell her that I saw them too, so she’s happier than her: “Otherwise she’ll understand that there’s something wrong”. And I: “Now I remember, I saw it, I saw it. Let’s review it if you like” and so we went on”.
Suddenly, therefore, everything changed, and Alzheimer’s was no longer the only problem to face: “Suddenly the script, the film, the scenography changed. After Alzheimer’s came the epileptic crises, so he took anti-epileptics which are terrible drugs but they are needed to block some things. After a while they said to me: “Lino, we are sorry to tell you, but we did the MRI and something else took over, you can see some spots on the brain”. After two days, brain tumor. A whole different script, you don’t understand anything anymore”.
A very difficult moment to face, during which Lucia’s health conditions suddenly deteriorated. At this point Lino Banfi makes a confession: “I’ll tell you something that I haven’t told anyone yet. Although I am very Catholic, that day I got angry, but that anger, within two days – when I understood the true situation – turned into a plea: “I beg you, let her die”, we have reached this point”.
The actor was then moved by remembering how much his wife liked Michele Zarrillo’s song “Five days” and concluded, in tears: “How am I going to get used to living? It’s difficult. Lucia died with a smile on her lips, because she no longer suffered. She wasn’t conscious. I’m 86 and I’ve decided that after I’m 90, I’ll also want to do 2 years of extra time. They have to give me 6. In the meantime I’m talking to those in charge (God, ed) to give Lucia a place, she died in the same days as Maurizio Costanzo, they must have gone together to ask for judgments. I asked if they make her my guardian angel, because there is a song by Renga that I like, in this case: “Angelo take care of him””.
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