Rodrigo Araiza P.

Miguel Rodarte premiered the film Macho with which he approaches the world of fashion and its protagonists from comedy. The culichi actor plays Evaristo Jiménez, a heterosexual closet dressmaker who appears to be homosexual to fit in a reality where appearances are a matter of survival. Sabina Berman’s story made into a movie takes up a current theme such as homosexuality, which has given much to talk about, especially in terms of legislation.

However, Macho does not intend to change minds, but to entertain the public with a well-told story through characters that people can identify with. Miguel Rodarte, once again, shows his good wood as an actor by playing a role that amused him too much, not only because of how comical he can be, but because of the work he carried out for such an interpretation.

The also actor of El tigre de Santa Julia and Los heroes del norte, highlights that although Mexico enjoys greater freedom of expression than a few years ago, there is still censorship based on morality that, far from being in force, prevents an evolution of individual thought. social and resists change.

In a very entertaining talk, Miguel expresses his feelings regarding the position that the authorities take regarding homosexual marriage and how this violates the freedom to choose what to do with your life.

It also tells about Macho’s experience and the message that fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld sent them. What did you think the first time you read the Macho script?

When I read it I realized the dimension of the character and the story that the writer was proposing. The first reading of a script is very important because without knowing the story, for the first time you are faced with an anecdote where images of behavior and way of being arise, and those first images are usually the natural impulse of the characters and of the situations.

At first I was very struck by how the different layers that make up both Evaristo and the universe in which he operates, which is the world of fashion, were woven with great agility and skill.

What was the challenge of playing Evaristo?

The great challenge of the character is that being naturally effeminate and with a taste for fashion, society

He immediately cataloged him as homosexual, but his real essence in terms of sexuality was not gay, he is heterosexual; there is a second layer of identity that he keeps secret. Not only is he not gay and not only closeted straight, but he’s mildly homophobic and repudiates what he stands for.

What did you like the most about the character?

His different layers and that he was a fashion designer, because that world has many elements to be criticized from the standpoint of comedy and you can select vices that can be parodied for comedy.

For example, the basic principle on which current fashion is based is to make you feel that you are never good enough, beautiful, skinny, tall, attractive, well dressed, cool, cool, you are not enough. So, it will always generate that insatiable gap that is what makes the industry operate.

Are there similarities between Evaristo and you?

I like Evaristo, but he also makes me a character who is looking for his own survival within this universe that was created and I don’t have that need. He is also very severe in his judgment, he even has certain hints of disagreement with his surroundings; he’s quite arrogant, he can’t talk about anything other than him.

His real nature is not lived fully, not externally in a natural way, he dedicates himself to filling an imposed role, something that happens to many people in this world.

And throughout your career, with the work train you have and the fame, did you stop feeling like yourself?

On the contrary, I believe that through this job the exploration is increasingly towards oneself and to the extent that you are able to be more honest, faithful and reconciled, the tools to interpret best way everything you do. I learned at school that through playing characters different from me, the ultimate goal of all that, in addition to telling a story and doing it naturally, is self-exploration, self-knowledge as a human being.

Is it difficult to make a comedy without falling into clichés?

It depends on the type of comedy and story, the character you’re trying to play. There are some very flat ones and there are stories that don’t go in depth, but in the particular case of Macho it’s a comedy with a dramatic, dark side, which isn’t just like the quest to make people laugh because of its eloquence and occurrence, but to end up laughing because the situations The ones he engages in and the way he reacts organically, because of his personality, are funny, funny. movie?

In a movie, when you have such a demagogic belief about anything, you consider everything around you the same and this film is not demagogic, it is made for you to go to the cinema to have a pleasant time.

Suddenly it invites you to reflect, if you want, on the possibility of generating a new way of living, of believing in love and of feeling at peace with yourself and projecting that serenity to others.

For example, we used the presence of Karl Lagerfeld in the film and obviously we were not going to bring him to Mexico to film, but we had to ask the lawyers who handle his image for permission to let us use the look a like and make the character. without it being him. They told us that they did authorize, but Mr. Lagerfeld sent us a message that said: “Under no point of view am I going to oppose any creative process”. This is how we, as Mexicans, should make a real reflection of conciliation with ourselves and with others.

A deputy said that if homosexual marriage is accepted, then there will be people who want to marry dolphins or laptops, what do you think?

He is so exaggerated; you can make a contract with a dolphin if you feel like it, it’s your own choice, if you want to call it marriage you can call it whatever you want, whether or not it has legal validity is something else. And, if I want to marry a dolphin, can’t I? Imagine how wonderful it would be to live in an environment where you could exercise the true and absolute will to choose with what yes and what not, without anyone telling you yes or no, simply being responsible for your own actions.

Even if your senate, government, country, authority, give me permission to marry or not, it will continue to be done. Finally, people go to bed, the only thing you are going to force me to do is to do it in secret, to live a double standard and you are preventing me from having a much broader role, to be able to choose.

Is there a greater openness in the cinema to talk about topics that were previously taboo, such as sex?

When Antonio Serrano made his first film Sex, Modesty and Tears, it was like a scandal because it was the first time that the word vagina, penis, was said in the cinema, things that are now ridiculous. For my taste, Mexico has always had a slow time to adopt trends already in force in other parts of the world, such as feminism, the vote for women, etc., there is always a delay of 15 or 20 years of the trends that we already know that the world will go there.

It is impressive that we have a culture that does not take us anywhere good, it is imposed by the thinking of the past and there is no evolution towards a new path. I would tell the government two things: one, don’t get in the way, let us be, let us exercise our capacities to the fullest, whatever they may be. And two, stop stealing.

Did you have problems getting Macho out?

No, how do you think, we live in a civilized country, not at all. It is not a censorship issue for government issues, but because there will be people who say that it is deplorable. We made this film with the intention that they have a pleasant time, that is what Macho proposes as an experience and when you do something there are those who love it, and there are those who think you are sick.

What projects do you have at the door?

I just premiered the series Perseguidos on ImagenTV. Also, a week ago I started work on another series called Las Buchonas, which I will finish in February and two films are on the way for 2017.

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