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Pantelion, the leading distributor of Latino-oriented theatrical releases stateside, is ready to score another box-office success during this year's Labor Day weekend, which has proven to be a particularly profitable date for them. Following last year's animated hit "Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos," a new Spanish-language comedy titled "No Manches Friday," starring Omar Chaparro ("Compadres") and Martha Higareda ("Street Kings"), is set to captivate audiences both in Mexico and the U.S. Directed by Spanish helmer Nacho G. Velilla, "No Manches Frida" is a remake of the highly successful German film "F... You Goethe."
The film opens nationwide on September 2nd, 2016.
The official synopsis reads as follows:
"No Manches Frida" is the story of Zequi (Omar Chaparro), a recently released bank robber who goes to recover stolen money buried by his ditzy accomplice before going to jail. They return to the site only to find that Frida Kahlo High has built a gymnasium over the loot. To get the money, he poses as a substitute teacher for a school that can’t seem to keep any teachers around. He meets the sweet and earnest Lucy (Martha Higareda), as well as an unruly classroom. Lucy and her fellow teachers (Fernanda Castillo and Adal Ramones) have no control over the students, and Zequi comes in ready to lay down the law- but he quickly finds out that life on the inside may havebeen easier to deal with than a school full of wild and rebellious teenagers.
Take a look at the official one-sheet poster and check out the trailer above. »
- Carlos Aguilar
Mexican comedian Omar Chaparro partners up with all-American actor Joey Morgan for the action comedy, Compadres. CineMovie sat down with the two actors to talk about their odd coupling on set and off, and what buddy comedies are their favorites. Chaparro also discusses his first time playing it serious for the bilingual movie which also stars his buddy Eugenio Derbez's daughter Aislinn Derbez who he had to kiss in the movie. He tells CineMovie's Sue Evelyn Gil that scene was very difficult for him because of his friendship with her father.
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Known in Mexico and by audiences across Latin America for his humorous impressions, satirical characters, and his skills as an entertaining host for a variety of TV shows, actor and comedian Omar Chaparro has spent the past few years actively pursuing a career in film.
One of his most recent successes, both in Mexico and in the Spanish-speaking U.S. market, is the film “Pulling Strings,” which is one in a series of box-office hits for production company Pantelion. In that film, a romantic comedy with bicultural sensibilities, Chaparro played a role close to those he previously had delved into during his years in television. But for his latest project, “Compadres,” in which he is the protagonist, the performer decided to challenge himself by bringing to life a Mexican police officer who friends a young American hacker.
Because of the physicality required for the role and the dramatic undertones in the screenplay, this is a departure for Chaparro, who clearly is aiming to broaden his acting skills and the audience for his work. In our conversation with the actor we discuss his role as Garza, who deviates from the Mexican stereotypes, his relationship with co-star Joey Morgan, and yet another upcoming project with Pantelion to be released later this year.
"Compadres" opens on April 22 across the U.S.
Aguilar: Garza is a character significantly different from those you have played in the past. It feels like a real departure in your career. Tell me about the challenges of making this transition into a more serious role.
Omar Chaparro: It was a challenge for multiple reasons. Physically I had to train harder and they also wanted to make a more human character. He is a Mexican character that knows how to defend himself. They also wanted to make the actios sequences seem as realistic as possible. They didn’t want the shoot-outs, the punches, the kicks, and the explosions to look cheap, so I had to take my role very seriously. I do think that I left some aspects of what I had been doing on television behind, even though this is my eight film. I believe this is a much more serious character despite the film being an action comedy. He is an honest cop. He is strong, brave, and audacious, but he is also someone who is going through an extreme situation, which is the kidnapping of a loved one. He is definitely a character with more nuances that what I had been doing. It is a bit more distant from comedy and closer to reality.
Aguilar: One of the most refreshing elements about your role is that he is not another version of the stereotypical Mexican character we often see in American films. It's a film that takes place between Mexico and the U.S., but a Mexican lead. Was that part of the appeal for you?
Omar Chaparro: Yes of course. I loved the fact that this is a bicultural film that reflects the reality of life on the border, the differences between the "Gringos" and the Mexicans, and how we coexist and can become friends. But I also enjoyed that my character is an antihero. He is different, and I think that it will let the audience see a different type of Mexican in a Hollywood film. He is not the gardener or the one that crosses the border illegally and is being chased by Ice. He is a good cop, almost like a Mexican Bruce Willis. That’s something we hadn’t really seen before and that makes it fun.
Aguilar: Part of what makes this comedy work is the banter between you and your co-star Joey Morgan who plays Vic. Was this friendship developed organic during the set? How was the experience of working with someone from a very different background and with different experiences?
Omar Chaparro: It was very fun. We clicked right from the first day we met. I lived in the U.S. for a year many years ago - I lived in Boise, Idaho more specifically. I was living with a young guy similar to him. In real life he is kind of bipolar, very sensitive, passionate, and intense. He reminded of that kid 20 years ago when I was living in Idaho. I think that’s part of why we created such a strong bond. He became my friend. We went out partying. We went to the Gloria Trevi concert and he slept over at my place. The chemistry between us was real and you can see that in the film. There are scenes where we are improvising and playing around. The song we perform in the movie, the one called “Puto” by Molotov, wasn’t even on the screenplay. We were inside the car as the camera was rolling and I started singing it and he joined me. We didn’t even know they were recording us until we heard the director yell out, “Don’t cut.” He liked it and that’s why it’s in the film.
Aguilar: In a sense you showed him a different side of Mexican culture.
Omar Chaparro: Yes! He liked it. But he also taught me things. I feel like despite his young age he has great cinematic chops as well as an agile talent for comedy. He can also instantaneously get into a dramatic performance. He would give me advice on acting and even on my accent and English pronunciation. He was like my dialect coach.
Aguilar: How important is it for you, in the roles you choose to play, that they have an element of comedy since it's something you do so well? There is definitely much more than just fun gags in "Compadres."
Omar Chaparro: The film is very balanced. It’s a movie with a lot heart. Besides the action scenes that are also very well realized, there are lots of scenes that make you laugh. It’s a film about how these characters and these cultures intertwine. We even see the cop risking his life for this kid or the kid getting emotional in the climax of the film. That’s something very beautiful, and I think audiences will connect with these emotional aspects of the film.
Aguilar: Speaking of that, it seems like the relationship between you and Joey in the film is almost like that of a father and a son. He doesn't have a father and Garza is a afraid of starting a family and losing his freedom.
Omar Chaparro: They complement each other. He is a kid that spends his time locked in his room behind a computer. He doesn’t know anything else. He is a lonely kid that takes care of his grandfather. His parents died when he was very young and he never had a father figure in his life besides his grandfather, who is in a home. Garza, on the other hand, is a lone wolf that lives in a camper and that doesn’t think about having a family. They complement each other and they quickly develop a beautiful and affectionate friendship in the midst of the shoot-outs and chases.
Aguilar: Have you found it difficult to get work in bigger films, in particular in the U.S. where non-white actors tend to have a harder time getting leading roles?
Omar Chaparro: I don’t like to use the word difficult, I prefer to say “not so easy.” This is a country with so much diversity and where there’s a lot of competition. When there is a casting call for a TV show or a film, besides the actors that are already in Hollywood, there are also actors from Ireland, Australia, Guatemala, and elsewhere trying to get the part. The tapes come from all over the world for any role. The competition is arduous and it’s not very easy to get a lead role. I’m very fortunate to be in a film of this size as the protagonist, even though I’m aware that I still have a long way to go I’m enjoying this moment. I’m enjoying everything, from the reviews to the fact that people are supporting the film. It’s almost a miracle that this is actually happening, so I really want to enjoy this moment.
Aguilar: Is there any specific character that you would like to play in the future now that your career has broadened beyond comedy?
Omar Chaparro: As an actor, an also because I’m very hyperactive, I don’t think I’ll ever be satisfied. I think happiness exists in the middle ground between appreciating what you have and always wanting more. That’s what I’m doing. I’m appreciating this action comedy right now, but I want to know what’s next. I want to play roles that challenge me. I’m very comfortable in comedies, but I’d love to play perhaps a boxer, someone from another country, or even a famous drug dealer. Maybe star in a movie about the life of El Chapo Guzman, why not? [Laughs}.
Aguilar: Where you hesitant about embarking in this project because of the demands in involved, included the fighting sequences and the physical strength and abilities that would entail?
Omar Chaparro: I believe that when Francisco González, the producer of the film, thought of me for this leading role, he knew that he wanted an actor that had experience doing comedy but that could also be believable during the action sequences. I have the pleasure of being his friend, and he knows that throughout most of my life I trained in karate Shotokai. Probably that also motivated him to think of me. I did tell him, “I’m a little rusty because I haven’t trained in a while,” but they say that what you learn well you never forget. In any case we trained boxing and Krav Maga, a different martial art style, for several weeks before we started shooting. I think that helped a lot while choreographing the sequences.
Aguilar: Given that the film will play in both sides of the border, was there any concern about whether the comedy would work for both Spanish-speaking audiences and those who only speak English?
Omar Chaparro: Comedy is always different in Spanish and in English. American comedy is different, so the biggest challenge for this film was for it to be understandable in both cultures. The film is about to be released in the U.S, but in Mexico the film is already a success. It did so well that there has been talks of a sequel, “Compadres 2.” We are waiting to see how people here in the U.S. react to it. One of the writers,Ted Perkins, is a gringo, and the other is Gabriel Ripstein, who is Mexican, so they were very careful so the comedy could work for both cultures. That has a lot to do with the story itself. If the characters are real and the story is authentic, then the comedy will work in any country.
Aguilar: What are your future plans? Will you go back to television or continue seeking roles in films? I understand you already have another upcoming film.
Omar Chaparro: I want to continue learning. I’m excited to make more films and I want to improve my English. We also just shot a film called “No Manches Frida,” which will open in theaters on September 2nd, and it also stars Marta Higareda. It’s based on a very famous German story that was adapted into Spanish. I believe that it can become a box-office success both in Mexico and in the U.S. I’m very happy, we are just now finishing promotion for “Compadres,” and we are going to start promoting this other film in August. Cinema is opening its doors to me and I’m very excited.
Aguilar: Would you say part of this increased in opportunities and production in terms of Mexican films with bicultural appeal has to do with Pantelion's efforts?
Omar Chaparro: Yes. Pantelion has been taking chances on good and different stories like “Comapadres.” It’s a film that is working with a genre that hadn’t been done in Mexico in a long time and with a unique tone, and I think the audiences really appreciate that. Gringos are going to enjoy the film as well because about 60% of the dialogue in the film is in English. We can only hope that the film does as well here as it did in Mexico.
- Carlos Aguilar
Mexican actresses and stars of Compadres want your support to get their next movie made which would be a sequel to their upcoming movie, called Compadres. CineMovie’s Sue Evelyn Gil sat down with Aislinn Derbez and Camila Sodi of Compadres to talk about the action buddy movie, and why Omar Chaparro was nervous to kiss his friend Eugenio Derbez’s daughter in the movie.
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Director Enrique Begne tweaks up the tried and true buddy cop / odd couple formula for his upcoming action comedy Compadres and judging by the just released trailer he's done such a good job of it that he could have a tidy little sleeper hit on his hands here. Omar Chaparro is Garza, a Mexican cop forced to team up with a teenaged American hacker to bring down the criminals who killed his wife. Cue the gringo jokes and border humor, yes, and while that stuff has all been done loads of times before Begne does it here with verve and style and such a likeable cast that it all feels remarkably fresh. Backed in part by Pantelion - meaning there's at least a limited...
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Arriving by way of Pantelion Films, Begne has assembled an all-star cast for the action flick, placing Chaparro in the role of former Mexican cop, Garza. Framed for a crime he didn’t commit, Garza’s only hope of rescuing his significant other – and clearly his name in the process – is to partner with Vic, a tech whizz-kid with the hacking ability to help his new partner track down an old nemesis named Santos. Before he tracks them down, that is.
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Catalina Aguilar Mastretta, whose Fipresci-winning feature debut “Las Horas Contigo” had its world premiere in Guadalajara two years ago, is poised to start shooting her sophomore pic, “Everybody Loves Somebody,” starting March 14. Francisco Gonzalez Compean of Draco Films, Jose Nacif and Ramiro Ruiz co-produce the romantic comedy. Karla Souza (“Nosotros los Nobles,” “How to Get Away With Murder”) and José María Yazpik (“I’m So Excited”) lead the cast.
“This is a larger, more commercial film compared to her first film, although the budget isn’t too big, $2.5 million,” said Compean. Shooting will take place for some seven weeks in Baja California and Mexico City.
The bilingual rom-com revolves around a Mexican-American gynecologist residing in L.A. whose ex-boyfriend re-enters her life. A visit to her nosy but charming family in Baja California forces her to rethink her life and open up to new romantic possibilities.
Meanwhile, Draco Films’ upcoming »
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Guadalajara — Televisa-Lionsgate joint venture Pantelion is gearing up to release its latest productions this year, starting with Omar Chaparro and Kevin Pollak buddy comedy “Compadres” on April 22 and “No Manches Frida,” the remake of German mega-hit “Fack ju Gohte” from Constantin Films, on Sept. 2 Labor Day.
Pantelion is also eyeing Lemon Films’ upcoming “Km. 32,” the sequel to its hit “Km 31,” for U.S. distribution.
Directed by Spain’s Nacho G. Vellila, “No Manches Frida” is currently in post in Spain and will include the music of Mexican Latin Grammy-winning band Reik and L.A.-based Grammy winners Ozomatli, said Pantelion COO Edward Allen. “Reik, which racks up more than 100 million views on YouTube, is composing an original song for the movie,” said Allen. “No Manches Frida” is a prototype for Pantelion’s new strategy to cast its net wide for international hits with strong remake potential. “This is our baby »
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A trailer has arrived online for director Enrique Begné’s upcoming action comedy Compadres, which stars Omar Chaparro, Erick Elías, Aislinn Derbez, Joey Morgan, José Sefami and Eric Roberts. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
After being released from prison, former Mexican cop Garza (Omar Chaparro) seeks revenge on Santos (Erick Elias). Santos has kidnapped his girlfriend Maria (Aislinn Derbez) and framed him for a crime he didn’t commit. With the help of his former boss Coronado (José Sefami), Garza manages to escape with a tip about how to find Santos which leads him to San Diego in search of an “accountant.” This said accountant is responsible for stealing $10 million dollars from Santos and may know Santos’ whereabouts. When Garza arrives, he is shocked to find that the infamous accountant is a 17 year old American computer hacker named Vic (Joey Morgan). Despite an immediate disdain for each other, »
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