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Will Ferrell and cast explain their new Spanish-language comedy “Casa de mi Padre”

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It’s probably no surprise that celebrated Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal was a little confused when he first saw the synopsis for “Casa de mi Padre,” a Spanish-language movie filmed in America and starring Will Ferrell as a Mexican rancher named Armando Alvarez.

“There was something I didn’t get at the beginning,” recalled Bernal. “I thought there was some mistake.”

Part homage to classic telenovela dramas and part parody of telenovelas and stylized spaghetti Westerns, “Casa de mi Padre” is a difficult film to lump into any specific category — and that’s the way Ferrell likes it.

“I love the fact that it raises that question: Why?” he laughed.

“Casa de mi Padre” is the brainchild of Ferrell and a pair of his former “SNL” cohorts, writer Andrew Steele and director Matt Piedmont, who makes his feature-length directorial debut with the new comedy.

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“It’s an idea I’ve had for the longest time,” Ferrell told IFC. “I heard someone was writing a telenovela script at one of studios, and I thought I should try to get this thing together. We went around town and found NALA Films, and they immediately got the idea, and got the financing. . . . We thought, let’s make this crazy little movie. If someone’s going to give us the money to do it, let’s do it.”

Once the decision had been made to do the film in Spanish, that meant the script would need to be translated — bizarre dialogue, awkward pauses, and all. According to Bernal, whose resume includes a number of critically praised Spanish-language dramas like “Y Tu Mamá También” and “The Motorcycle Diaries,” this was the initial cause of his confusion, as the Spanish dialogue in the script wasn’t anything like other films he’d worked on in the past.

“They said it was going to be in Spanish, but the translation I read in Spanish was terrible,” he laughed. “I didn’t understand it. Then, talking with the director and the writer, I kind of got an idea of what they wanted to do. Then we just started to play around and build this character.”

In the film, Bernal plays a powerful drug lord who has his sights set on the Alvarez family’s ranch, as well as Armando’s love interest, Sonia — a role played by yet another native Spanish-speaking actress, Genesis Rodriguez.

Asked what her initial reaction was to the description of the film and its star, Rodriguez said her first thought was simply “Epic.”

A veteran of telenovela dramas, Rodriguez was no stranger to the intentional over-acting and style of storytelling that serves as the inspiration for “Casa de mi Padre.”

“It’s an homage,” she said of the film. “It’s definitely an homage to Latin cinema and telenovelas. And it’s a beautiful mixture of both, so I think this is the biggest compliment they can pay to us. It was done and shot in the most tasteful way, and we know telenovelas better than anyone so we’re allowed to laugh at it. It’s our territory.”

So, with “Casa de mi Padre” hitting theaters soon, the next question vlearly becomes: what genre will Will Ferrell take on next? Asked whether he has any other regional genres in mind — like a Japanese horror film or a Swedish crime drama, perhaps — Ferrell offered up another possibility.

“Swedish crime drama, that could be good,” he laughed. “But I keep saying there are a billion Chinese people, so maybe I should learn Chinese. That could be a good market.”

“Casa de mi Padre” hits theaters March 16. Chime in below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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