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Time to ‘Focus’ on Adrian Martinez

Time to ‘Focus’ on Adrian Martinez
Photo Credit: Hugo Perez

It’s been an incredibly brutal winter so far and it has only just begun. The east coast has been pounded with snowstorm after snowstorm and we’re expecting even more this weekend. So where is the silver lining? Movies! Yes, that’s right, I said it. What is the best remedy for a cold day, aside from a cup of hot chocolate? Going to the theater to see the latest and greatest movie and we have got the one you need to see, Focus.

The film, surrounding the lives of con men, stars Will Smith and Margot Robbie but they aren’t whom we want to focus on. We want to shed light on the incredibly talented actor, Adrian Martinez who stars alongside Smith in this thrilling film to be released on February 27, 2015.

 

BECCA ROSE: What can you tell our readers about Focus?

ADRIAN MARTINEZ: Focus is a very special project to me. It is sort of like a crowning achievement at this point, as an actor. It has Will Smith as our star lead and Margot Robbie as his love interest and it’s about con men and the tradition of The Sting but it’s more modern with a very cool approach to that genre. I kind of play Will Smith’s sidekick. I am the go-getter guy who knows a lot about what to do in terms of doing con work. I am also kind of the comedic relief of the film.

BR: What initially attracted you to the film?

AM: When you read a script the first thing you want to know is where it’s filming and when I read the script and it said New York, New Orleans and Buenos Aires so they had me at Buenos Aires. I hadn’t been there and it’s a really magical place and I love the people and actually went there for vacation this past November. I have become a fan of the place. It was also the fact that you had a major star attached to it in Mr. Smith and an upcoming star in Ms. Robbie and it was just a really smart script. Every loose end is neatly tied up but in a very surprising way. I was reading the script and it was surprising in a good way and I love the genre.

BR: You recently guest starred on Gotham, are you a Batman fan?

AM: I love Batman he is my favorite superhero. I always related to the sort of enigmatic dark quality to him and of course, I enjoyed the movies that Tim Burton did and the later movies. I’ve always been a fan of Batman and Spiderman, but Batman mostly. Gotham is awesome!

BR: What was it like working in the world of, "Gotham?"

AM: I was thrilled to be a part of it. The cast was easily one of the better ones I’ve worked with. They did really precision work on that set, those guys don’t fool around. From the moment they show up everything is on fire and they really work hard. They shoot in the city and at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn and have me do my scenes out in this warehouse in Brooklyn and they took advantage of the overhead Subway train and they know how incorporate the city into the show seamlessly. The director was really cool and smart. Sadly I got electrocuted but maybe I’ll come back anyway.

BR: Other than acting, what are you most passionate about?

AM: I would have to say my daughter. I have a 9-year-old daughter and she is the light of my life. It’s been a blast seeing her turn into the person she’s becoming. You just have to be passionate about it. I am also really passionate about her education and showing her the world. When I was filming in Argentina she came with me and we got to explore. I am passionate about arts and music. I am a big time jazz guy. I go to jazz clubs twice a week but I also have a huge library of jazz music. I make annual trips to the Louie Armstrong Museum, which is actually in his house for the last 25-years of his life.

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