Amaury Nolasco talks about his new film CRIMINAL / EL OBSERVADOR
Q: Congrats on the film, how was it joining this great cast of iconic Hollywood actors like Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Oldman?
Amaury: I’m still pinching myself, I had the pleasure of meeting the director Ariel Vromen many years ago in Cannes and he approached me to work together in the future. He called me a few years later with this project and I said sign me up; who do I have to kill? I jumped on a plane to London and spent 2.5 months with this amazing cast. These were actors who I grew up admiring, people who have so many awards and I was blessed to work with them. A teacher once told me, Work with the best and make it your own and that’s something I intend to always do.
Q: Most of this cast has all been in superhero franchises, Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, Gal Godot as Wonder Woman, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon and Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face. What Franchise would you like to be a part of or what superhero!?
Amaury: I’m dying to play a superhero! Not sure which one in particular, but The Justice League because I grew up with that one. That includes Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Flash, these great characters. Marvel took the initiative but something about Justice League are the cartoons I grew up with. There are no Hispanic superheros besides Chapulin Colorado but with your help I would love to play one. Even if it’s a villain but a villain with super powers, not like Lex Luthor. Someone who can throw flames or something like that. Good or bad.
Q: In the film, Ryan Reynolds’ character’s memories are implanted into Kevin Costner’s mind. Who would you trust to have your memories implanted into? Someone famous and someone close to you.
Amaury: I trust no one! But my sister, she’s no longer with me, she passed away a few years ago but she was my confidant. I would tell her anything, she’s was the best. As for celebrities, I trust no one except my other sister, Eva Longoria but she already knows all my secrets.
Q: You play a CIA agent in the film, do you think you could be a CIA agent in real life and be able to distance yourself from the crazy work they do every day?
Amaury: No, I feel like these guys they sacrifice their lives for the rest of their lives. They lead these double lives, their families are always in danger. You can’t have a family and not have a good night’s sleep. Wondering if your food has been poisoned, you can’t go to a restaurant comfortably. I love to sleep too much and I couldn’t do what they do, too much of a headache. I’m terrified of being on TMZ so I can’t imagine that life.
Q: Tell your fans why they should see CRIMINAL in theaters?
Amaury: This is completely different from my TV roles like Telenovela and other dramatic roles that I’ve done where I play the bad guy. I’m a good guy in this one but besides me, go see this film for the action. It’s a rollercoaster, suspense, thriller, action and drama and full of heart. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.