Eduardo Verástegui loses comedic “virginity” in Kevin James’ “Mall Cop 2”
Seasoned Mexican actor and model, Eduardo Verástegui, has been making many moves in Hollywood lately. The former telenovela hunk has kept busy with the production of “Little Boy”, a film about an 8-year old boy who is willing to do whatever it takes to bring World War II to an end so he can bring his father home.
Verástegui, who also starred alongside Kevin James in the upcoming comedy “Mall Cop 2”, has said the film is about our “capacity to love big, forgive big, and do great things with our lives”.
In “Little Boy”, Verástegui took on the role of “Father Crispin”, a “young, brusque and devout priest”, but his biggest participation in the movie was as the film’s executive producer. In “Mall Cop 2”, he was “Eduardo Furtillo”, head of security at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas.
Now, the 40-year-old actor is hard at work in promotion of both films, “Little Boy” which is set to hit theaters nationwide on April 24th (and also features scenes with Kevin James), and “Mall Cop 2” scheduled days earlier for an April 17th release date. But perhaps the hardest part of it all for Verástegui has been losing his comedy “virginity” in his friend and co-star Kevin James’ “Mall Cop 2”.
“I received a call [from Kevin] and he was in Florida and he said “Eduardo, I’m writing “Mall Cop 2” and I want to write a role for you brother and it’s gonna be a new challenge for you, it’s a comedy but don’t worry,” explained Verástegui in an interview with Press Pass Latino.
“I was nervous because I said “Are you out of your mind? I mean thank you but I don’t want to ruin your movie” and he said “No, no, no, this is for you! and I’m writing it for you and I’m gonna take care of you.”
The task seemed daunting for Verástegui who had never acted in a comedy before and was unsure if he’d be funny or not.
“He kept asking me ‘Was it good? Was I funny?” and you know I just reassured him and told him that he was doing a great job but that in film it’s different you know,” said Kevin James, who plays Paul Blart in “Mall Cop 2”.
“It’s not like in a sitcom where you have the audience there and you can kind of hear if they’re laughing or not but I just told him [Verástegui] to play it straight and in the end it worked out great.”
Verástegui credits James for guiding him through the whole process and says he had a wonderful and fun experience which he wouldn’t mind repeating in the future and doesn’t discount working in another comedy.
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“From the first day of shooting he gave me so much advice and so many tips that really helped me,” he said. “And this movie, “Mall Cop 2″, is just great! It’s for the whole family and isn’t just your typical comedy because when you leave the theater you leave entertained, happy, moved, touched and wanting to help someone so, it provides so much more than just laughs.”
But what was his biggest challenge in shooting “Mall Cop 2”?
“Of course, every scene has its own challenges and especially for me because English is not my first language,” said Verástegui. “But it’s hard to work with him [Kevin James] because you just laugh, I remember the moments I would just look up and see his face and the mustache and everything and I would just start laughing and saying “Man, I can’t see you! Get out!” so it was hard for me to see him and focus and stay put together because I was just laughing ALL the time.”