POCO A POKER LOKI LOKER
You made my father, an otherwise admirable man but unfortunately with no talent for music at all, sing at home the song “Maricón y tontico”, in a totally random way and without reason for it. Were you conscious about the change you were introducing in television and in comedy, and your influence with La Hora Chanante, Muchachada Nui or Museo Coconut, for example?
At first no, not at all. We so much lacked any expectations that I think this was the very secret for our success. Later, during our Muchachada era, we noticed that people would talk about us, we were more frequently asked to do interviews and features, but, well, we didn’t think about it too much. In the end, it’s all about enjoying what you do. And yeah, if this is something personal, like what we were doing, it’s even better.
And what about the way you made people dance? Because a well-done shitty dance… is a well-done shitty dance.
I think shitty dances have always existed in society; during weddings, friend reunions, techno routes… And I would say that it is totally healthy to dance as one wishes, with no defined pattern.
I don’t know if you’ve already seen this video or not; it’s Tom Jones and he’s doing what we could call a preliminary stupid dance. Ok, he’s got all the class in the world, but he’s a hot swagger.
Tom Jones knows everything about it. He has sometimes been my inspiration, not only for this swagging, but also for his songs. I would have liked to have a quarter of the female success Mr.Jones has had in his life…
How and when did you really realize that people would laugh with what you did or what you said?
There is no such thing as a specific date. Simply, in your group of friends you like having a laugh and being an idiot, and you enjoy it, seeing each other laugh. Even at family birthday parties something similar would happen. But I suppose just as anyone else who has got a minimum sense of humour.
Is it a part of your family heritage?
Indeed, I’ve got the luck of having a family with a well-developed sense of humour that takes everything with a grain of salt, in the good sense. This is the key to live better, and get over the shit that sometimes is around us. In my family we’ve always had great comedians, I’ve just had the chance to wave the flag in representation of all of them.
I worked as a writer for a humour program in ETB. The rate was everything. To what extent did it influence you when you were going through projects like La Hora Chanante or Muchachada Nui?
During the Chanante phase we lived as the rates didn’t even exist. At least for us, I don’t know how the people there at Paramount Comedy saw it. Later, at La2, with Muchachada, we were more aware and dependent on them, and I confess that at first it’s kind of weird. But it’s the rule of big TV networks, and you soon get used to it.
By the way, if some day you are getting stressed, don’t worry, because I’ve found your stand-in in a Western film of1940 called “Take me back to Oklahoma”. (Photo 8)
You have worked in every kind of surroundings: from the indie scene to TV series and cinema. What has changed during this time, since you began?
Nowadays they take even fewer risks, and it’s something necessary: taking some risks. I really miss 25 minute long episode series, for example. And people going to the cinema. And that when they talk about TV or the film we make here, they do because they know the ups and downs. For quite a time people have started talking about the production here with a very scary negative vibe.
Would you play the part of the evil in some project? Or some drama?
I’d really like to do a lot of things, but it doesn’t really depend on me. Neither am I complaining for doing comedies all the time, it’s a genre that fascinates me, with a lot of sub-genres, too. What you have to do, if you get the chance, is to experiment, because that’s the reason why we are in this profession.
My first film was “El conde Brácula”, by Chiquito de la Calzada. What was yours?
My first memory is one of these Cantinflas’ films in the ancient and long forsaken cinema in my hometown. I don’t remember if it was a premiere at the time (I don’t think so, because I’m talking about the ‘80s) or if it was a show of one of his precedent successes.
Is there a character that has got deeper in your heart than others?
You enjoy doing every one of them, but, obviously, some of them affect you more than others, due to a lot of circumstances, that could be the richness of that character, or its duration on the stage, or your memories from the time you used to play it. I could name a few: Bertín in “Que se mueran los feos”, Esteban in “Los Quién”, Emilio in “Museo Coconut”, Claudio in “La Hora Chanante”, JuanCarlitros in “No controles”…
What can we expect from Torrente’s next movie?
I think it goes one step further in the saga, especially in what the story can give and how it can give it. It will be funny and, most of all, it will be a blast. And with a Hollywood star: Alec Baldwin. I’ve got good vibrations from the shooting we’ve done.
After spending some time in the world of entertainment, with all its turmoil, are you still having fun?
Of course, you keep getting to know new people, new challenges, new working partners… It’s important not to lose the aspirations of your first day, the ones that remind you why you are doing this and not something else.
Music is, for what I’ve heard, your true calling. When are you going to release a musical, or a soundtrack?
At university, Ernesto Sevilla and I dreamed with the idea that he would direct films, and I would be doing his soundtracks. And of course I would love it. Or doing a musical, it would be awesome. For the moment, the music has gotten a little behind, but only actively, because I still enjoy it as much passively.
We are from Guipuzcoa, is it true that you are a fan of Athletic Bilbao? I mean, for real?
Yeah, I am. Any problem? 😉
What is going to happen now in Julián López’s life?
I’m going to adopt a dozen of puppies and I’m going to live with them in the mountains. As for the rest, I’m going to continue the series “Con el culo al aire”, in Antena 3, I’m going to premiere “Torrente 5” in cinemas shortly, and I’m also going to continue the tour with Raúl Cimas “Toda la verdad sobre el oso hormiguero”.
We ask this question at the end of every interview here at La Monda. We give you the first part of a sentence and then it’s up to you to complete it. So, “Artistic expression as a way of defending…”
“A 1-0 at a home game”.
Interview: Ane Guerra