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Italian porn star launches ‘Porn University’

Italian pornographic actor Rocco Siffredi has opened an academy to teach aspirational porn stars everything they need to know to be successful in the industry, but not everybody is impressed.

Italian porn star launches 'Porn University'
Italian pornographic actor Rocco Siffredi will train 30 porn actor hopefuls at his academy for the new reality show 'Porn University'. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Siffredi, 51, also known as 'the Italian Stallion', has starred in over 1,300 adult films and will give a special two-week course at 'Siffredi's Hard Academy', which will be filmed to make the reality television series, 'University of Porn', which will probably be broadcast on La5,GQItalia reported.

During the course, Siffredi will instruct an eager bunch of 30 would-be stars, 15 women and 15 men, who were chosen from thousands of applicants during a selection process this summer.

Siffredi will help the budding porn stars develop the techniques needed to make them natural and believable performers on screen.

“I want to share my world of work with people,” Siffredi told GQItalia. “Humility and irony are key principles – you can't be a porn star and take yourself seriously.”

“Today sex is a lot more complicated than it was before – there is a whole new world to learn and teach,” he added.

The adult star is a cult hero in Italy and is a renowned family man in spite of his profession. With his new stint as a teacher, he could quickly get a reputation as a renaissance man too, having already tried his hand at adverts and marriage counselling.

While Siffredi may be an icon in his home country, not all Italians are convinced that his new show will be a hit. “A university of porn? What's the point in that?” asked Rosalia, a cafè owner from Ortona, the same Abruzzo town as Sifreddi.

“I know how to have sex already – and so do you! What we need are universities that teach culture and languages,” she told The Local.

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Italy’s Renzi wants ex-ECB boss Draghi to become prime minister: report

Ex-PM Matteo Renzi would like to see former European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi become prime minister of Italy, a party source told Reuters on Sunday.

Italy's Renzi wants ex-ECB boss Draghi to become prime minister: report
Matteo Renzi. Image: Andreas Solaro/ POOL / AFP

“I would say that is one of our proposals,” confirmed the source, who declined to be named.

The Italian government collapsed last week when PM Giuseppe Conte resigned. The former coalition allies are currently trying to come to an agreement and sort out their differences.

The centre-left government had been in turmoil ever since former premier Matteo Renzi withdrew his Italia Viva party earlier this month, a move that forced Conte to step down this week.

During the past year, Renzi frequently criticised Conte’s management of the pandemic and economic crisis.

Italy’s La Stampa newspaper also reported on Sunday that President Sergio Mattarella was considering Draghi for the prime ministerial role. However, Mattarella’s office promptly denied this, saying there had been no contact between them.

So far, there has been no comment from Draghi, who hasn't been seen much in the public eye since 2019.


Italy's president, Sergio Mattarella, gave ruling parties more time on Friday to form a new government, after the resignation of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. 

Coalition parties Italia Viva, the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) and anti-establishment 5-Star Movement must come to an agreement to allow the government to heal. 

Renzi, a former prime minister himself, has pubilcly stated that he does not want to talk about who should lead the next government at this stage, reasoning that the parties need to agree on a way forward first.

“Any effort today to fuel a discussion about Draghi is offensive to Draghi and above all to the president of the republic,” Renzi said in an interview published on Sunday with Corriere della Sera.

A senior Italia Viva lawmaker also told Reuters that “If the president gives a mandate to Draghi, we would certainly support this”. 

Renzi, whose party is not even registering three percent support in opinion polls, quit the coalition over Conte’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and his plans for spending more than 200 billion euros from a European Union fund to help Italy’s damaged economy.

READ ALSO: Why do Italy's governments collapse so often?

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