'Gringo' Team Hopes Film Provides Much-Needed Laughs
The Amazon feature, starring Charlize Theron and David Oyelowo, was celebrated with a party-like premiere in L.A.
Amazon brought a party to L.A. Live on Tuesday night when the streaming service celebrated its new movie Gringo with a lively premiere.
“I hope people have a really good time, and remember that good things come to good people,” director Nash Edgerton told The Hollywood Reporter as he walked along the "green carpet" in front of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)-inspired backdrops.
Having a good laugh, “when we need it most,” was an apparent trend throughout the evening.
Gringo follows the crazy circumstances David Oyelowo's mild-mannered, mid-level pharmaceutical executive finds himself in as he takes a wild trip to Mexico where he winds up getting kidnapped.
“I wanted (the film) to be based in truth and not be self-consciously comedic,” said David Oyelowo to THR. “The situations are genuinely funny that these characters find themselves in.”
The film also stars Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton (Nash's brother), Amanda Seyfried, Sharlto Copley and Paris Jackson.
“The diversity of the cast reflects the world that I see and the world I live in,” Nash Edgerton said.
Copley, meanwhile, argued that the comedy comes out, “a time when everyone needs a good laugh."
Co-star Harry Treadaway said his character, "gets roped along in this cat-and-mouse, crazy kind of journey ... [and] gets into loads of trouble.”
Joining the cast and crew on the “green” carpet were high-profile guests including Lupita Nyong'o, Mel Gibson and Amazon executive Jason Ropell.
Ropell spoke before the film began, introducing Nash Edgerton, who then brought the main cast to the stage.
“Thank you to everyone on this list” exclaimed Nash Edgerton, waiving a sheet of paper above his head.
The bustle and excited energy of the premiere audience continued throughout the night, long after Gringo's credits. The afterparty at the historic Mayan Theater in downtown Los Angeles was an all-out fiesta, complete with a mariachi band, flamenco dancing, souvenirs, taco- and tequila-tasting bars and a photo booth.