November 30, 2022

Kumail Nanjiani is thought greatest for his work in comedy (or his current entrance into the Marvel Cinematic Universe), however the brand new Hulu sequence Welcome to Chippendales represents various large adjustments for him. For one factor, he’s enjoying a dramatic position, and for one more, he’s enjoying a personality based mostly on an actual particular person, a uncommon alternative for him as an actor of shade.

“If this sequence was fictional,” he tells Consequence, “there’s no approach they might solid a brown man within the lead. The one motive I’m in it is because that’s what actually occurred. We don’t actually get alternatives to play characters like this.”

Within the sequence, Nanjiani performs Somen “Steve” Banerjee, who co-founded the unique Chippendales membership in 1979 and oversaw it changing into an internationally acknowledged model. However because the sequence depicts, his rivalry with enterprise associate Nick De Noia (Murray Bartlett) ultimately escalated right into a full-on feud with bloody and tragic penalties.

Nanjiani says that whereas he initially resisted taking over the position, the sophisticated nature of Steve as a personality made this a component he liked enjoying. On this interview, which you’ll be able to watch within the video above or learn by way of the edited transcript under, he explains why he discovered Steve’s journey so compelling. He additionally reveals that regardless of earlier studies, the present’s title was by no means going to be Immigrant, and divulges that after entering into superhero form for Eternals, he took it a lot simpler whereas capturing Chippendales.


So I wish to begin by asking you, as somebody who is aware of what it takes to get into the sort of form that you must get into to be a Chippendales dancer — did that have an effect on the best way you associated to the actors enjoying these dancers?

A little bit bit. Principally I used to be simply grateful that I didn’t should do it. I may eat no matter I wished and I did — I had a extremely nice time culinarily on this set. I ate no matter I wished, and we might get these superior meals vans and I might eat ice cream day by day. It was actually, actually nice.

You’ll eat the ice cream in entrance of the dancers?

Yeah. Simply to be like, “Oh, look, you would have this life too. Simply placed on an enormous swimsuit.”

Yeah, the fits look very nice and comfortable.

They’re, they’re additionally fairly stiff, however they helped me get into character.

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