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Compadres: Omar Chaparro and Joey Morgan real-life ‘compadres’

“Compadres” actors Omar Chaparro and Joey Morgan might as well be compadres in real-life.

The Mexican-Gringo duo, who make unlikely partners in Pantelion Films latest movie, share as much chemistry off-set as they do on-screen.


Chaparro stars as “Garza” a Mexican police officer on a mission to rescue his pregnant girlfriend “Maria” (Aislinn Derbez) after she’s kidnapped by mob man “Santos” (Eric Elias), while Morgan plays “Vic” a.k.a “The Accountant”, a teenage hacker who stole $10 million from Santos and is now on the run from his men. The two cross paths and join forces.


“We had a lot of room to be flexible and improvise our lines,” said Chaparro in an interview with Press Pass Latino during the Miami Press Day at Soho Beach House Hotel. “The director Enrique Begne gave us that opportunity, to play with the lines and own the material in a way that was natural.”


Natural. Spontaneous. Unabashed.
All of these words hit the target when describing the dynamic between Chaparro and Morgan’s characters on “Compadres” and the same is true of their in-person rapport.


Joey Morgan and Omar Chaparro are Compadres in real life.

“LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 19: Omar Chaparro and Joey Morgan attend the after party for Pantelion’s “Compadres” U.S. Premiere on April 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Pantelion Films)”


As a few reporters arrived for afternoon interviews, Chapparo and Morgan, who had been doing press all morning, took breaks to eat lunch. Some journalists exited the elevator as they stepped on, plates full of chicken sandwiches and fries.

“Who wants to come eat lunch with us?,” said Chaparro. “No one, no?”


His question was met with laughs, as the elevator door closed.


So, it was just fitting to ask, “Are you compadres in real life yet?”


“Yes, we’re compadres de verdad,” laughs Chaparro. “If you had a son could I be your compadre?,” he asks Morgan.


“Hmm, I have to think about it but I think you shouldn’t,” teases Morgan.


“All I know is that I’m going to be his friend for the rest of his life and I know we”ll together again,” said Chapparo, to which Morgan replied “Aw, thanks man!”


Morgan and Chapparo don’t discount the possibility of teaming up again on set for a studio production of “Compadres 2”.


“Who knows? Who knows? Anything is possible but first things first let’s all go watch ‘Compadres’ this Friday,” said Morgan.


Omar Chaparro on the funnest scene to shoot: “The car scene! That was improvisational. I just started singing Molotov’s ‘Puto Song’ and Joey started singing along and then I get a call from the director saying just keeping going, keep going, we’re shooting, so it was a lot of fun.”


Joey Morgan on heartbreak: “I get my heart broken all the time, every day, on the hour. You ask a girl on a date, she says no, boom! Heartbreak!”


Watch Omar Chaparro and Joey Morgan sing Molotov’s “Puto Song” exclusively for Press Pass Latino in our video interview posted above.


Compadres in theaters nationwide Friday, April 22nd, 2016.


Daysi Calavia-Robertson has a BA in Mass Communications from Florida International University. Her articles have appeared in The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, The Sun-Sentinel, The South Florida Times and The Huffington Post. She's also conducted entertainment reporting segments on local television. No matter what the medium, Daysi believes in the power of storytelling.

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