David Oyelowo (A United Kingdom, Selma) hangs hit hat on dramatic fare, and with his latest film Gringo the talented actor goes the comedic route. Directed by Nash Edgerton, Gringo centers on a pharmaceutical company manager named Harold (Oyelowo) who is tasked by his bosses (Joel Edgerton, Charlize Theron) to ensure a business transaction in Mexico. The trip, however, doesn’t go as planned and Harold is immediately thrust into a world of chaos .
“It was a complete delight to do something lighter,” said Oyelowo. “And something that was also challenging in a different way. There’s a misconception that comedy as opposed to more dramatic work is easier or not as testing when it comes to whatever talents you have. I found this to be a wonderful challenge. Not (just) because it had comedic elements but it has elements of action. It has drama to it. With the way we did it there is a social commentary element as well.”
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Gringo opens nationwide March 9.