The Lost City, which stars Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, Oscar Nuñez, and Brad Pitt, is out in theaters this week. As stated in our review, the comedic adventure features plenty of action and laughs.
“Brilliant but reclusive author Loretta Sage has spent her career writing about exotic places in her popular romance-adventure novels featuring handsome cover model Alan, who has dedicated his life to embodying the hero character, ‘Dash,’” reads the synopsis. “While on tour promoting her new book with Alan, Loretta is kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire who hopes that she can lead him to the ancient lost city’s treasure from her latest story. Wanting to prove that he can be a hero in real life and not just on the pages of her books, Alan sets off to rescue her. Thrust into an epic jungle adventure, the unlikely pair will need to work together to survive the elements and find the ancient treasure before it’s lost forever.”
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ComingSoon writer Jonathan Sim spoke to The Lost City star Oscar Nuñez about the comedy, his accent in the film, and how his character in The Office would fare.
Jonathan Sim: What was it about The Lost City and the idea of playing this character that made you want to do this film?
Oscar Nuñez: Well, Sandra and I did a movie, The Proposal, a while back and I got a phone call or a text, I don’t know, from her asking me to be in this movie, and I’m like, “Of course, of course, I’ll be in this movie.” It takes place in the Dominican Republic, so we got to travel. I took my family with me and then all these wonderful people were in the movie. So it was all a no-brainer, basically.
Your character in the film has a different accent from your own. Walk me through how you sort of found that accent while developing this character?
Well I know he was kind of a cargo pilot, and so it’s kind of a reckless attitude that he has. The script was very playful, and I knew it was a comedy, so I just amped it up, and made him a little bit funny and silly, and the wardrobe helped a lot. It was pretty easy to get into.
I will say it was better than your southern accent from The Office, so it really did pay off. I wanted to ask, you share a lot of screen time with Da’Vine Joy Randolph. What was it like to work with her, and build that on-screen chemistry?
It was the best. We did a show called People of Earth back in Toronto, a couple of years back. The first time I saw her was the first day of shooting on the airport on the tarmac. So that was a really cool reunion. So it was a double pleasure to see her on set, to have that scene. It was really cool.
I really do love the dynamic that you two have now. In The Lost City, you get quite the heroic moment. There’s a stunt where you tackle Daniel Radcliffe’s character to the ground. What was it like to film that scene?
Well, they had some stuntman and I’m like, “I think I can jump from there down,” but it was a little too, like one or two steps too high for me, because they landed on that hard metal floor and I’m like, “You know what, let the pros do it.” So, the stunt people did it, even though I thought I could. I’m like, “Nah, let them do it.” So it was stunt people and then I just got to do the last part.
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Of course, a lot of people know you as Oscar Martinez from The Office. So how do you think Oscar Martinez would handle things if he were trapped in the jungle and forced on this crazy adventure?
He’d probably end up…they’d find his carcass dead after a couple of days.
You don’t think he’d survive?
I don’t think he’d like it. So unless he’s rescued, he’s not going to survive. I don’t think.
Yeah, I can definitely imagine that. The Lost City is a crazy movie with adventure and comedy, what would you say was your favorite scene in the film?
I liked the first interview that she has, where Tatum is introduced as her model, and he just takes over the interview. I thought that was the funniest, that made me laugh.
Yeah, that was a really funny scene, I enjoyed that as well. My last question for you is, if you ever got the chance, would you ever want to do a spin-off movie as the lead character of this film?
Yeah, for sure. If it’s a good project. You want to be working and you want the job to be a worthwhile job, and when those two things happen, it’s a wonderful thing. So yeah, I would love that.