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Miguel Wants to Fight Director Oz Rodriguez Discusses His Hulu Action Comedy

Looking to put a pacifistic spin on the otherwise hectic and chaotic action genre, an upcoming movie that is going to be exclusively released on Hulu looks to spotlight a young main character who, ironically enough, has no desire to throw a punch or land a kick against another person. While his three friends have no problem getting into physical brawls when the occasion calls for it, 17-year-old Miguel (played by Tyler Dean Flores) — in the aptly titled Miguel Wants To Fight — just fantasizes about replicating his favorite big screen heroes instead.

The film has a comedic undertone that flows through weighty themes like coming-of-age, stepping into your own identity, and maneuvering through rocky friendships. Director (and SNL alumni) Oz Rodriguez sat down with MovieWeb to discuss the two tones of the movie as well as the many inspirational films of the past that helped shape it.

Conducting a brief retrospective into his own past before settling into a discussion about his latest offering, Rodriguez compared his time on Miguel Wants so Fight with his Saturday Night Live days. While he credits the humongous comedy institution with teaching him a lot about comedy, a surprising lesson came in the form of time management.

“SNL was a very tough job because we would shoot [on] either a Friday morning or Friday night, and then it had to be [ready] for TV on Saturday night,” said Rodriguez. “That really helped in this movie because we had only 24 days to shoot it and only three [for] the action.” If you have prior training (which in this case, SNL provided), a hasty production plan is just another day at the office.

Read on to find out more about Perkins’ debut feature film, Miguel Wants to Fight.

Rising Up to the Challenge
Miguel Wants to Fight cast


One aspect of this rambunctious teenage film that many people will notice right away is its cultural inclusiveness. According to Rodriguez, this was a part of the screenplay that he absolutely looked forward to when getting ready to direct Miguel Wants to Fight. “I wanted to present new kinds of heroes,” said Rodriguez, “diverse heroes. We have seen one type throughout the history of cinema.” He vibrantly continued by outlining Miguel’s specific aspiration while also tethering it to the character’s culture:

It’s really exciting to do projects like this where a half-Mexican and a half-Puerto Rican kid gets to be an anime hero, be Bruce Lee and almost have a sword fight. It was really fun to have [him] try and rise up to the status of those heroes that he looked up to.

Aside from looking at this topic through a specific cultural lens, Rodriguez also enjoys stories where people can not only freely express themselves, but when they also face day to day challenges that might relate to the audience that is watching.

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On the surface, Miguel Wants To Fight looks to be a simple coming of age movie about a boy haphazardly trying to find himself in a world that’s quickly evolving. But as the film progresses, dual tensions start to rise from within both Miguel’s friend group and his family. Rodriguez went on to speak about the difficulty transitioning from humorous sequences into the more impactful and poignant scenes:

“You’re always wondering how and if you can balance out the big swings that we take with laughs — like in the supermarket when [Miguel] encounters the old man — [with] those moments of real, heavy emotions, like when he’s with his best friend David towards the end of the movie.”

“We always wanted a movie that was also grounded in realism.” While Rodriguez does say that this balance between tones was a challenge at first, he now looks at it as an earned accomplishment.

Combining Fantastical Comedy with Action Flicks
Miguel fantasizing about an Enter The Dragon scene in Miguel Wants To Fight Hulu

While not exactly an action movie at its core, Miguel Wants To Fight does serve as an homage to many past iconic entries of the genre by recreating some of the most well known scenes as a set-up for Miguel’s daydreams, where he squares off against his would-be opponents.

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While jokingly stating that research on these references gave him “a great excuse to watch a ton of action movies” as well as “all the Bruce Lee movies,” Rodriguez also explained how this was the main reason why he wanted to do this movie.

[Miguel] felt like a refreshing, new character to see in a screenplay […] He’s holding on to a little Bruce Lee, you know? I think that was one of the most exciting things about Miguel — his outlook towards violence, fighting, and his friends.

The director also noted that alongside himself, there was also an equal amount of excitement for the character from the actor who played him. “At some point, I texted [Tyler Dean Flores] and I was like, ‘Stretch your legs, because you’re going to be doing a lot of kicking,’ and he jumped right into it. He trained for months.”

Communication Is Key

As Rodriguez discussed how Flores devoted himself to the part, he couldn’t help but talk about the other main characters as well, who were played by Imani Lewis, Christian Vunipola, and Suraj Partha. “These young actors really brought it every day. We expected a lot. There was a minimum of five, six pages to do every day too,” said Rodriguez, describing their willingness to dive into the roles.

Sometimes they had to do their own stunts — every character gets to be involved in the action. They were amazing, and I can’t wait to work with them again in some fashion.

The chemistry seen between the four friends will not only help a younger audience connect to them, but perhaps lead more mature viewers to remember the same kind of amazing friendships that they themselves had during those times.

When asked about the overall messages that he wants the viewer to take away from such a wide-ranging film, Rodriguez ended the interview with a sweet and quietly powerful hope. “I think what I would love for audiences to take from this movie is to be entertained, to have fun, and truly, communication — talking with your friends and talking about your feelings. There might have been no movie if Miguel had just talked about his feelings.”

Miguel Wants to Fight will be available to stream on Hulu starting August 16th.

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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