Naturally, most of the attention for “Get Hard” is focused on the comedy mega-stars Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. But, don’t discount the cast surrounding them. Among the stand-outs is actor Erick Chavarria, who certainly proves he can run with the big dogs as one of Ferrell’s house lackey’s in the film, which releases nationwide on March 27th.
And, if that’s not enough, Erick can also currently be seen in the high school comedy “The Duff,” along with Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne and Ken Jeong. Coming soon, he’ll appear in Sandra Bullock starrer “Our Brand is Crisis” and the horror-western “Bone Tomahawk,” opposite Kurt Russell, Richard Jenkins, Matthew Fox and Patrick Wilson. Of course, television audiences will remember him from his role in HBO’s “Eastbound & Down,” as well as a slew of other popular shows.
I recently interviewed Erick Chavarria about his role in “Get Hard” and more.
Tell us about your role in the new comedy “Get Hard.”
ERICK: I play Cecelio, the head gardener at James King’s (Will Ferrell) Beverly Hills mansion. Cecelio isn’t treated pretty poorly. He wears Mr. James’ hand-me-down shirts and on top of that he has to put up with Mr James’ walking around naked around the house from time to time. Cecelio secretly wishes he could get even with his boss. And, now that Mr. James may be going to prison…he just might.
How was it working with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart?
ERICK: Working with these two was a blast. I mean, they are arguably the two funniest men of the last couple of years. So to it was intimidating to say the least. I consider myself a good improviser but Will and Kevin showed me I have a lot to learn. They were so funny on set. Will Ferrell could do a scene a hundred times, a hundred different ways if the director asked. And Kevin’s energy is just contagious.
Was there a lot of improvising with the script?
ERICK: There was so much improv, they could probably cut two completely different version of the film. We usually filmed one or two takes sticking to the script and then go from there. Oh man, everything Will Ferrell says during scenes is so funny and so natural. I was amazed at his genius. There is a great prison scene with Kevin and Will where Kevin becomes all these characters…best Kevin Hart material I’ve ever seen! Fans will agree once they see it. Both of these guys are great.
What was the ‘best’ part about working on the project? Any ‘bad’ parts?
ERICK: The best part about working on Get Hard was that I got a great experience working with such high profile comedic actors and it just made me feel like I can do anything after that. I mean after working with these two, I don’t think I can be intimidated about working with any comedic actors. It felt great to get to play hardball with the big boys as they say.
You seem to be naturally funny, is that the case or do you work at it?
ERICK: Well, I’ve never considered myself to be naturally funny and it wasn’t until I booked my first few jobs in Hollywood that I started thinking, “I guess I’m funny.” Working in comedies is not something I set out to do. But, I love it. I’ve taken some improv classes here and there in the last few years, but I don’t consider myself a comedian by any means.
Anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
ERICK: You know, I’m living in a dream. I really consider myself really lucky. I was born and raised in Guatemala, in a village, where to go to the market you have to take two buses or drive about 20 minutes if you are lucky enough to have a car. I grew up very, very poor and I didn’t even know that being an actor could be a career. And now, here I am in Hollywood. When I think about the fact that I get to work with stars like Will Ferrell or Kurt Russell (I just shot “Bone Tomahawk” with him) my eyes fill with tears of joy and appreciation. I hope the ride keeps going.
Thanks, Erick – keep on playing with the big boys!
To keep up with Erick Chavarria, check out: www.ErickChavarria.com