Bob Pop is a misplaced fagot. It is not us who say it, however he himself: that is the title of the collection in which he debuts as a screenwriter exploring his previous and current. The title, the prevalence of Andreu Buenafuente, is not unintentional: Apart from being homosexual, Bob Pop has been misplaced his whole life. With this collection he looks for himself.
Six half-hour episodes that may premiere in two batches on TNT (the primary of three, this Friday, June 18; the following, the following 25). ‘Misplaced Maricón’ is an autofiction that mixes comedy and drama, like life itself, and since its premiere on the Malaga Competition it has acquired wonderful opinions that decision it a very powerful Spanish collection of the 12 months: Not solely is it a courageous and sincere self-portrait, however it additionally serves as a generational story about a Spain that is additionally misplaced and it is additionally the common story of somebody who doesn’t fairly match anyplace.. We spoke to the author and tv persona about his creature.
The collection tells very laborious issues about your individual life, however it does so with a pleasant and accessible tone. To compensate?
It’s that that’s my very own tone. I like to inform very sturdy issues however with out grabbing your lapel and saying “you’ll see how sturdy this is going to come back now.” I wished the collection to be welcoming, that always you are feeling accompanied by me and that you simply really feel that I’m shaking your hand, that I’m not going to allow you to unfastened or fall. And that’s okay, we’re going to undergo heavy issues, however don’t fear since you’re in a secure area. It appeared necessary to the viewer: we’re already managing an excessive amount of uncertainty in our lives for fiction to push us into abysses that we should not have to undergo.
In selling the collection, Carlos González and Gabriel Sánchez, the actors who play your youthful variations, have talked about their very own experiences as homosexuals. Was it necessary that they had been to play this position?
I didn’t ask him. Then we received the 2 “ladybugs”, however at first it was not in the necessities.
Have been you trying for them to appear to be you?
I wished his look to remind me of mine, that was the necessary factor. And so they each had a look that I wish to assume I nonetheless have. A sure naivety, a sure phantasm.
How did you are feeling seeing your self in them?
They’ve made me really feel superb, improved. I want I had had the intelligence of Gabriel when he was taking part in me at fourteen or fifteen, and the energy of Carlos. I’m actually fortunate that my two alter egos have been so significantly better than me.
Within the collection the search for id is necessary. The primary character makes use of false names in nameless intercourse, maybe as a breastplate; and then he finds in the pseudonym Bob Pop an expression window.
I agree, however there is really a relationship between the 2 issues. That breastplate additionally has to do with inventing somebody you aren’t to see if that is how you like your self extra or higher. And Bob Pop is a character that offers me some safety as a result of I’m not fairly me. Each are types of acceptance looking for, in a technique or one other. Not carrying the burden of your actual title and surname on a regular basis offers you some freedom.
Once you signed the collection, did you consider presenting it as Roberto Enríquez, or are you Bob Pop endlessly?
I’m Bob Pop endlessly, Bob Pop and Roberto have merged. And in addition Bob Pop is simpler, it suits higher in the locations, and visually it is extra lovely as a result of they’re two palindromes. So it is already the model.
One other very attention-grabbing factor about ‘Misplaced Fagot’ is that you simply put your lecturers in the foreground: whether or not they’re the books you’ve learn, the music you’ve listened to, the films you’ve seen … or instantly the individuals, with that scene in that are Pedro Almodóvar, Buenafuente and Berto Romero.
It is that for me it is crucial to acknowledge the lecturers, from Belén Gopegui to Almodóvar, I believe I might be ungrateful and imply if I didn’t. I might not be who I’m with out all of them.
Within the movie you present how necessary it was for you to see ‘What have I finished to deserve this?’ Within the cinema, and then you definitely discuss to Almodóvar in one other episode. Isn’t it surreal?
Probably the most unimaginable factor is that this is actuality. I might by no means have dared to jot down it as fiction. There are issues in my life that I might by no means have dared to fictionalize as a result of it would have appeared freaked out. And out of the blue life has given me moments that far exceed my creativeness, not even in my greatest desires.
There are many novel narrative proposals in ‘Misplaced Fagot’, resembling hiding your father’s face, performed by Carlos Bardem. Are they very recent concepts that you simply convey as a debuting scriptwriter who comes from literature?
Sure, however discover that it is a combination: as a result of I come from literature but additionally from TV. And on TV, after working for so many years alongside Andreu, I’ve discovered that there are particular issues which might be instructed with photos. It is not sufficient to jot down dialogues of individuals speaking on a regular basis, the picture is very narrative.
Within the collection there are two popping out of the closet: first as a gay and then as a a number of sclerosis affected person, in a devastating scene with Alba Flores.
And greater than two, as a result of the collection means my popping out of the closet in a wheelchair. Ultimately, we do a lot of popping out of the closet in life, and many instances we don’t even do them voluntarily. See you there, and as soon as the door is open, we depart. And we put the very best smile.
Chueca, the false promised land
Some of the priceless and painful classes of the primary chapter is that there are homosexuals who, upon coming into that “oasis” that is Chueca, the scene of the atmosphere, the saunas, the cruising … they meet with extra rejection and violence, simply of what they had been escaping.
It is horrible to have excessive expectations. I lived it like this: I assumed that Chueca was going to be the promised land and it turned out that it wasn’t, that it was additionally misplaced there. And I believe it is necessary that we assume that the place doesn’t have a lot to do with the paradises that we experience on our heads, however with the individuals round us, who’re those that make up our promised land. And there they do must see affections. Hopefully the LGTBI community would do a good job to develop into a refuge for many individuals, which in many cases has not been.
It is being seen with ‘Drag Race Spain’, however I don’t wish to depart the topic …
Oh, there is a lot of iron there. The tweets and the harassment of Arantxa Castilla La Mancha, which is my favourite, I’ve to say … They appear horrible to me.
TNT instantly supplied you to do a collection about your life. After the phenomenon of ‘Veneno’ final 12 months and hits like ‘#Luimelia’, it appears that there is a sure tendency to inform LGTBI tales, though maybe relegated to streaming and cable. Is the target for them to succeed in past the area of interest of the LGTBI public?
Sure, we imagine that the extra individuals enter the celebration, the higher. It is not a collection written for the LGTBI public, in fact there’ll be winks and shared codes, however I believe it is a collection for many individuals as a result of it talks about all of us. I believe that with the method of hostility and acceptance of my character a fats woman can even be recognized, or a red-haired boy with separated tooth … in the top it has to do with the distinction. And all of us begin from a distinction, which has been made roughly discover to us at instances. I believe my collection is extra about being misplaced than being a queer, being a queer is crucial as a result of it is trying for oneself from a start line of concealment and dissimulation, in order to not undergo ridicule and rejection, however above all it has to do with loss. and the search for oneself. And it is a common theme.
An important a part of the collection is its music. There are a lot of hits … did you get all those you wished?
I’ve received the whole lot I wished besides a Madonna track, however as a result of she doesn’t promote her rights to Spain.
Oh my God.
I didn’t know, however how unfriendly.
I like Christina Rosenvinge, and the collection ends with a track of hers that is unique, proper?
It is unique. I wished Christina to be there, and she did a lovely course of. He learn all my books, got here house, we talked, we had dinner collectively … and he gave me a great track. Each time I hearken to it … And it’s a pretty ending to the collection.
On the finish of the six episodes I used to be left wanting extra. Would you do extra seasons?
What the business says. Personally I’m delighted that there are not any extra and that it is a closed work, as a result of I’m very comfortable, and I’m additionally delighted to be in a position to discover extra seasons. Every little thing is going to make me comfortable.