Letâ€™s be honest, people. When we watch a movie, most of the time weâ€™re drawn to it based on genre, story, and last but not least its stars. Whoever stars in a film is basically â€œthe sell.â€ In THE WEDDING RINGER, clearly Kevin Hart and Josh Gad are the ones who front-run the piece. As ring-leaders, theyâ€™re the pair we bank on taking us from point A to point Z in whatever way the story is portrayed.
The fun reality about a movie is that sometimes it isnâ€™t just its leads that stick out; itâ€™s those who serve as a back-bone. One of the cast members of THE WEDDING RINGER that helps bind this surprising good comedy between our sense-of-humor and the narrative is IGNACIO SERRICCHIO, who plays EDMUNDO, a hilarious gay wedding planner.
Rendering his talented self to the piece, this man adds so much comedic spice; he raises it to levels of unexpected hilarity.
In a brief promotional, phone interview I was granted by the studio, I had a chance to unleash some of my curiosities about him and his role in THE WEDDING RINGER. Describing it as a â€œfun roleâ€ Mr. Serricchio also mentions â€œI created the character in my mind inspired by some people in my life like my mom, a gay hair-dresser named George who I worked with in â€œTHE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS,â€ a tribute to Hank Azaria from â€œTHE BIRD CAGE,â€ John Leguizamoâ€¦ a bunch of people who affected my life and put them all into one character.â€
With all sorts of witty, edgy, comedic dialog, itâ€™s obvious the thought of improvising ran through my brain-waves. Tapping into what I was suspecting, â€œthe director really trusted us with the characters. He gave us the freedom to do whatever â€“ and you rarely get that. A lot of parts in the film were pinned in the final edit that came out of improv.â€
And what a result it was. Fierce and flawless for dialog that pretty much originated based on quick thinking.
â€œIt was specialâ€ Mr. Serricchio mentions on his shooting experiences. As he tapped into Hart and Gad, â€œthey were both great. We got along so well and we listened to each other. We were all on the same page.â€
Being on the same page (as he so eloquently mentions) is what elevated this piece I had total disregard for. Having seriously underestimated this film, THE WEDDING RINGER is fun, funny, and truly one that may wind up a sleeper hit at the movies the next few weeks.
IGNACIO SERRICCHIO does an outstanding job in this piece, and positive this will strike and ignite a spark of roles that eventually will lead to an uncontrollable blaze of work.
If interested in hearing more about Mr. Serricchioâ€™s experiences, the full, unedited version of my interview as literally at the tip of your finger.
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