A week after his grandmother’s death, Edgar Ramirez finds himself in the unusual situation of having to promote Disney’s Jungle Cruise, which he shot three years ago.
But he is a Venezuelan actor best known for his roles in films. The Assassination of Gianni Versace, zero dark thirty and CarlosHe’s optimistic as he tries to take the opportunity to remind everyone of the seriousness of the covid pandemic – revealing how he left his mark on his own family.
“We’ve lost a lot of loved ones, especially in my family,” Ramirez tells news.com.au via Zoom, sitting next to the Jungle Cruise ride from Disneyland in Los Angeles, where the movie was inspired. “I lost my grandmother to covid a week ago and members of my family who are now in the hospital are fighting for their lives.
“I hope we can use this speech to remind everyone that the pandemic is not over, that we must trust science, that we must be vaccinated, that we must be responsible for the information we share, and that we must not participate. in the spread of false information.
“It is very important that we all do our part and protect ourselves and each other. We’re going to get out of this.
“We’ve done this before, and we’ve done it by relying on science and with vaccines. In the past, we not only beat polio and other diseases, but entire continents came out of misery thanks to vaccines.
“The history of vaccines is clear – and I hope we continue to do our part to get out of this as soon as possible.”
Ramirez argues that there is a movie like this: Forest tripStarring Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, and Jack Whitehall, it could be a much-needed escape to a world that’s been struggling and increasingly difficult for over a year.
Set in the early 20th century, the film is the story of a British botanist (Blunt) who drags his luxurious brother (Whitehall) to the Amazon in search of a mythical plant whose leaves are said to heal any disease and break any curse.
Ramirez’s character is a Spanish conquistador named Aguirre, who was cursed four centuries ago in search of plants and is apparently one of the movie’s villains.
Forest trip A fantasy story full of ambitious action sets and family-friendly conflicts. The larger-than-life tone is what Ramirez thinks might be the distraction audiences seek.
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“This movie is badly needed, such an experience is badly needed,” he says. “A window of escape, just a healthy few minutes of detachment from reality is what’s most needed. And I’m so happy we were able to show this movie to the world.
“I hope people can find solace and find comfort and joy by watching this beautiful, great adventure.
“The main reason I go to the movies, at least on a personal level, is because I want to disconnect from my own reality, to be invited into the unknown, into a world far from mine.
“I want to be able to imagine a world bigger than mine. in my opinion Forest trip He does a great job of taking us on a journey.”
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It’s not just the adventure aspect Forest tripDirected by Jaume Collet-Serra, who shot Ramirez. It was also the opportunity to play a Spanish-speaking character in a production of scale and reach that Disney released.
“It reflects the multicultural world we live in, and I think it’s a beautiful and necessary reflection of the diverse reality we live in.
“Especially in a film of this scale, I welcome with great enthusiasm that mainstream media and cultural products are increasingly becoming a reflection of the world we live in.
“It not only gives a sense of reality, but also color, texture and layers.”
Jungle Cruise is in theaters from Thursday and airs on Disney+’s Premier Access ($34.99) from Friday
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