Welcome to the Chippendales’ Kumail Nanjiani Talks new Hulu series

By | November 21, 2022

It’s not every day you get to watch a TV series featuring male protagonists, true crime and Kumail Nanjiani, but “Welcome to the Chippendales” is just that. Based on the lurid saga of Somen “Steve” Banerjee’s LA bar-turned-empire, the Hulu show has a shiny exterior, with a lot going on underneath.

to speak Difference At the show’s premiere Tuesday night at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, star and executive producer Nanjiani explained what drew him to the project and Banerjee’s role.

“It’s a fun show and all, but I think it gets to a lot of things, which is, what is success in America, when is enough in America, the greed, the greed of the immigrant coming here to make a place for one person’s success and not another,” Nanjiani said. He said. “So it touches on a lot of things that I always think about — racism, sexism. I was like, ‘Oh, I have to be a part of this.’

According to Banerjee’s wife Irene, Annalee Ashford Difference She was particularly drawn to the story’s incredible details and campy feel, which set it apart from many other true crime shows of late.

“It’s one of those stories that you write from the back of your mind and say, ‘This would never happen in real life,'” Ashford said. “There’s the magic of the 70s and 80s and the things they did wrong, right. It’s always good when you work on a piece that looks back in time to see what you can learn from it. There’s also the magic pop culture camp that comes with The Chippendales. So a lot of guys are ripping their pants off.”

Joining Ashford and Nanjiani is “The White Lotus” star Murray Bartlett, who plays Chippendales choreographer Nick De Noya. Bartlett agreed with Ashford about the show’s level of levity Difference “You don’t dive too far into the darkness because the next scene is like a strip number.

Growing up in Australia, I was familiar with the Chippendales’ frenzy when the Fabios Pack in the US performed this campy, fun, raunchy burlesque show, but I had no idea what went on behind the scenes. This true crime story has been a rich rollercoaster ride,” said Bartlett.

The series was created by “Pam and Tommy” creator Robert Siegel, who first pitched the script to Nanjiani in 2017. Siegel and Nanjiani said they were drawn to the project for all the themes it covered, including feminism, sexism, racism and Americanism. dream Even for true crime buffs who already know the history of the Chippendales, Siegel says the series has a lot to offer viewers even if you’re there to see the dancers.

“I like things that have depth, but the depth is buried under the most interesting stuff,” Siegel said. “So if you’re not paying attention, you probably thought you saw something interesting, which is good. I like to hide the vegetables, you know.

“Welcome to the Chippendales” premieres its first two episodes on November 22 on Hulu.

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