When you think about a political satire, you would probably think that you’re watching something about an election here in the United States or even commentary on the current state of affairs. But, in the new political satire from Warner Bros, Our Brand Is Crisis, we get to see good ol’ American political strategies at play… in Bolivia.
Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton play political campaign strategists each trying to win the Bolivian presidency for their respective clients. Reynaldo Pacheco, a Bolivian native, co-stars as Eddie who works as part of Bullock’s campaign, and is symbolically- the heart of the people. I got a chance to sit down with Reynaldo to talk about the film, his role and more. Read on to see what he had to say.
I loved your character very much- how he is figuratively representing “the people” and those truly wanting to make change in government. How did you get into character?
What was hard was that I forgot how much walls, and barriers and protections we have as we grow older because we’ve been hurt, betrayed and it’s very very hard to be in that pure state of Eddie. Eddie is such a pure, transparent, innocent, trusting, human being. For me to go there, I had to do a lot of cleansing- a lot of forgiving myself, for things I have done, forgiving other people, and let things go, to learn to be present and let the past go and not think about the future. As a human beig, it opened up so manu things to me. I changed with this part.
Also, I had to study the Aymara dialect, the musicality, because Eddie is from that world. I learned that musicality and to apply that to Spanish and English. I used 4 databases of information: my personal experience when Febrero Negro was happening. This was a very painful moment in my country, I remember my mom crying at lunch so many times watching the news. I remember the silence and the fear and the darkness of this monster of that was happening on the streets, and in politics, in High School, we were all afraid. We didn’t know what was going to happen- were we going to be poor, were we going to be in a war…we didn’t know. I tapped into that to realize the seriousness of this. You watch the film and you laugh, you don’t realize til the end “oh shit, this is real.”
So how does that make you look at the political climate in this country right now, cause in some ways it is very similar, even though it’s a whole different world.
You’re right, it’s very similar because of the tactics that they use are the same. Also because we don’t realize the power of the vote and that’s why it’s very important that we are careful with that. We cannot be supporting of somebody who wants to divide us, we cannot be supporting somebody who is in a negative space, somebody who is unhappy because that’s what we’re going to get- negative, unhappiness and division. We need to choose a political candidate who is going to unite us. Somebody who is going to support and celebrate our diversity in culture, race and sexuality. We have to be careful because sometimes we joke, sometimes we enjoy these clowns that we have – we know who we’re talking about – we don’t want to have a leader like that.
It’s interesting to me, cause we see this going on politically- with Trump and such- but in the Entertainment world and pop culture, things are changing. We are seeing things like this film, which takes place in Bolivia and has Spanish in the film, then there’s Club de Cuervos in Mexico, and Narcos in Colombia, both being popular, so I like to think that our world is changing for the better. How do you think we can bring more of that positive change to the young voters of today?
I think that we are finally in an incredible place where before we were focusing on what’s ours- like we’re Latino: our stories, our people- but finally we’re realizing that it’s not “ours.” These stories are not just for Latinos, these stories are universal- they are for the world. We are finally melting, we are finally like, blending together. Hopefully, if we continue to choose people who help us to unite us more, we’re finally celebrating our diversity, and our stories are coming from different parts of the world and we’re realizing that the messages are universal and that gives us so much more power.
Our Brand Is Crisis is now open and is rated R.