By Michael Lopez
We’ve already seen what an independent bilingual film has done for Eugenio Derbez’ career; so could the same be said for Jaime Camil? Interestingly enough, the studio behind Derbez’ smash Instructions Not Included is releasing the new movie Pulling Strings this week, which places Camil in a starring role. He, along with his fellow castmates, recently spoke to us about the project.
“I am very happy that American audiences can enjoy Pulling Strings,” Camil tolds us at a press junket. “It’s a beautiful film and it’s from the same studio behind Instructions Not Included.”
For the record, Strings falls strictly into the “rom com” category, with a sweet love story between a Mexican mariachi and an American embassy employee. Actress Laura Ramsey plays the object of Jaime’s affections and seemed genuinely thrilled to land the part.
“I read the script and fell in love with the story,” Ramsey said. “I wanted to play the role so bad. This character is so unique and goes through so many arcs.”
She also happens to land one of Mexico’s favorite hunks.
“Yes, working with Jaime was fantastic,” Laura added. “I think he’s extremely talented.”
Interestingly enough, iconic funnyman Tom Arnold has a pivotal role in the film too, playing a father figure to Ramsey’s Rachel character.
“I really enjoyed doing this movie,” he told us at the junket. “My part isn’t that big, but my character plays an important role. I’m really glad I did it and I loved getting to film stuff in Mexico City.”
Strings happens to be based in Mexico’s capital and showcases everything the city has to offer. Jaime’s Alejandro character has to help Rachel locate a missing computer and, in the interim, introduces her to a lively culture she never knew existed.
“Just like my character, I learned to love the culture of Mexico,” Laura added. “The food, the people…I can’t wait to go back for our big November premiere.”
But, as director Pedro Pablo Ibarra told us, there were some issues when it came to meshing the English and Spanish components. Ibarra, who is a Mexican native, had to learn to overcome a slight language barrier when instructing his American actors.
“It could get a bit complicated at times,” he told us. “It was difficult to give instructions and transmit the emotions to the actors in English. I just told them I needed them to understand me from my heart.”
Camil, not surprisingly, thinks audiences from every culture will appreciate the film. He emphasized that it centers around the universal theme of love.
“This is a different movie and a unique type of romantic comedy,” he said. “And it has all the right ingredients for people who enjoy falling in love.”
You can “fall in love” with Pulling Strings this Friday, when it arrives in select theaters throughout the country.
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