The actor gives details of the film, which began filming in November and which are also Ivan Álvarez de Araya, Manuela Oyarzún and Otilio Castro.
Blue and white, princes of the neighborhood, football stories, the 62nd World Cup. While acknowledging that kicking the ball is not his thing, there are several productions of the soccer theme that has starred Daniel Muñoz for film and television for the last 20 years. A list that will be further expanded in 2019 with his next film, again by national director Alejandro Fernández Almendras, with whom he has already filmed Sitting in front of the fire (2011). And although it does not save compliments when talking about the method of work of the filmmaker Nothing happened here., his main motivation to participate in the new project was the possibility of sharing a set with one of Chile's greatest sports heroes.
"To be honest, I was first attracted to the idea of being with Alexis Sánchez," says Muñoz, who will play a leading role in the film – although not based on the life and career of Manchester United striker whose shot started in the middle last month under the provisional title of Alexis, the movie. An ambitious project by Fábula (A fantastic woman, no), the successful audiovisual producer of the brothers Pablo and Juan de Dios Larraín, with screenplay by Josefina Fernández (The Forest of Karadima, The Archives of the Cardinal), whose goal is to unite the epic biography of a mass idol with the fictional story of a Chilean boy with enough talent to follow his footsteps on the court. All this, with the participation of the "Niño Maravilla" itself in the production and the look of the author and in the working formula of Fernández Almendras, who in this film reunites again established actors with people without formal experience in the field.
"I was motivated by the script, how the story is told and what happens in a very popular environment. Besides, I love working with children," says Muñoz, who plays Héctor, father of the plot's protagonist, Tito (LG, 11). years). His character is that of an obsessive and demanding father who projects his unfulfilled dream of triumphing in football at his talented son.
"It is so protective that it suffocates and is transferring its frustrations or hopes to this child. There is a conflict between father and son," adds the actor about his role, an archetype that to some extent – and according to production comments – has a resemblance similar to that of Luisito Rey, father of Luis Miguel in the series. Biography of Netflix.
This main plot acts as the axis of the film as it crosses with the real life of Alexis Sánchez himself, his childhood at Tocopilla and his subsequent sports success. "It tells the story of overcoming and sacrificing Alexis, which has to do only with his encounter with this other child, who loves football, but does not want to be a football player." In a way, he reflects on it, "Muñoz said. in time rehearses his role as Scrooge for the set-up of A Christmas Tale at the Municipal Theater of Las Condes.
To some extent, the actor's appearances in the film, interpreting and advising this father and son with their own life story, resemble the spirits that the protagonist of the novel of Charles Dickens receives. "It's a story with its morality, a contemporary fable," says the actor. "Alexis becomes the awareness, the warning, the point of view, and the attention we have to our children, when it comes to guiding them and not pushing them."
The rest of the cast of the film is composed of other actors with a career, some with roles linked to the story of Tito and others for the "AS7". Thus, for example, Manuela Oyarzún and Ignacia Uribe embody Adriana and Gloria, mother and sister of the protagonist, respectively. Iván Álvarez Araya (The substitute), to the extent that, will be a coach of the Catholic University; Otilio Castro to D.T. of Recoleta and Nathalia Aragonese the teacher of Tito, while Aldo Parodi will act as neighbor of the protagonist family and Eduardo Paxeco as sports journalist.
On the other hand, the whole story of Sanchez will be narrated through flashbacks and filmed in the north of the country. There, Alejandro Trejo will play a coach of Tocopilla and Alejandra Yáñez for the mother of the soccer player, for whom the smaller M.B. (12 years), chosen to personify the former leader of Barcelona as a child.
Waiting for Alexis
After announcing in early November the three children who were selected in a cast to star in the film – the aforementioned D.S., 11, as Sanchez's childhood best friend -. The production began filming in Santiago in the middle of that month, coinciding with the days that the attacker spent in Chile to play two friendlies with the national team.
This was not a coincidence: according to Muñoz, the production schedule was adapted to the times of Niño Maravilla and his sporadic trips to Chile. "So far it has been complex to coordinate everything for a logistical issue, we are working with someone who has a very organized life. It was very difficult to have him and this implies adaptation," says the actor, who already shared with the mass on the set and had a nice impression. "He speaks very loudly and gives his opinion, especially when it comes to himself.The most difficult thing is to do without exaggerating, but in the scenes that I had to share with him, I saw him very well.In addition, I listened attentively and by humility, he asked me for advice, "he adds.
While these days Sanchez is in the country, dealing with a muscle injury that left him out of the rest of the Premier League season, production say that this time is not quoted on the set. The premiere is scheduled for mid-2019.