During an interview with his co-star Nicole Kidman For Hollywood ReporterThe 52-year-old actor says he had absolutely no idea how important it was to play Desi Arnaz and defended being cast in the role despite not being a Cuban.
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Xavier turns out that he mainly knew Native as a musician who worked with a Spanish entertainer Xavier Kugata and said I love Lucy“I didn’t know how big it was.”
While there was a subtitled version of the show in Spain, the actor had never seen it. “When I really started digging him, the deeper I went, the more I realized how iconic [the show] Was… it was like, ‘S-t,'” he continued.
“S-t, what did we do?” Nicole added. “I was scared.”
according to the story Xavier And Nicole Contacted his agents about taking him out of the film.
the creator toad black Spoke to their agents to stop them from leaving, leading the pair to set up a Zoom meeting with the director Aaron Sorkin And request that he extend the film for a year.
But due to the need for new materials and a $40 million budget during the pandemic, it didn’t materialise.
When Aaron said Nicole And Xavier As planned shoots will begin in March, the actress said, “It was like, ‘Oh, no. Dhatre’s. We really have to do this.'”
Later in the interview, Xavier Addressed criticisms about playing the role of a Cuban person if not a Cuban.
“I’m an actor, and that’s what I do for a living: try to be people I’m not,” he said. “What we do Marlon Brando Vito playing Corleone? What do we do with the role played by Margaret Thatcher? Meryl Streep, Daniel Day-Lewis Playing Lincoln? Why does this conversation happen with people with accents? Your pronunciation is there you are It’s difficult.”
He added, “Where is the conversation with English-speaking people who are talking like this?” final duel, where were they considered French people in the Middle Ages? No problem. But I, with my Spanish accent, being Cuban? What I mean is that if we want to open the can of worms, let’s open it to everyone. The role came to me, and one thing I know for sure is that I am going to give everything that I have. ,
Aaron Sorkin recently as well In a separate interview defended the casting of the film,