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The Texas native stars in two new films

In his films over the past couple of years, actor and Texas native Raul Castillo McAllen has played a zombie-killing sniper, a war veteran turned thief, and an AI programmer living in the wilderness of a post-apocalyptic world. There was no way to get dressed on set.

Castillo’s wardrobe, however, has changed quite a bit for his last couple of films. Cha Cha Real Smooth as well as Fuss.

“I play a lawyer in both films by coincidence,” Castillo told MySA during a recent interview. “So, I have to be clean-shaven and wear costumes, which are usually not the characters I play.”


AT Cha Cha Real Smoothwhich will release in limited theaters and AppleTV+ on Friday, June 17, Castillo plays Joseph, a lawyer who spends a lot of time out of town while his fiancée (Dakota Johnson) bonds with a young man (Cooper Reiff) who she and her autistic daughter (Vanessa Burghardt) meet at a bar mitzvah.

AT Fusswhich recently debuted on Netflix, Castillo plays Oscar Morales, a lawyer for the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers who is called in as legal counsel when a potential star player (Juancho Hernangomes) recruited by the team’s scout (Adam Sandler) is tagged at the airport. for the old assault charge.

Brad Garrett, Vanessa Burghardt, Evan Assante, Colton Osorio, Raul Castillo, Cooper Reiff and Odeya Rush attend the premiere of Apple Original Films Cha Cha Real Smooth at the Tribeca Festival, which will premiere in theaters and worldwide on Apple TV+ on Friday , June.  17, 2022.

Brad Garrett, Vanessa Burghardt, Evan Assante, Colton Osorio, Raul Castillo, Cooper Reiff and Odeya Rush at the premiere of Apple Original Films at the Tribeca Festival. Cha Cha Real Smoothwhich will premiere in theaters and worldwide on Apple TV+ on Friday, June 17, 2022.

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When Cha Cha Real Smooth It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and quickly captured the attention of audiences, critics and studio executives. It ended up winning the Audience Award and became a festival favorite before AppleTV+ bought it for $15 million.

Castillo knew it was going to be something special when he saw Dallas-born writer-director-actor Cooper Reiff’s latest film, a 2020 indie coming-of-age drama. sh-house.

“When I looked [Sh–house]I was immediately ready to subscribe [for Cha Cha Real Smooth]“, says Castillo. “[Cooper] has a distinct voice and vision for their stories. I knew right away that he was a director I would love to work with.”

If seeing Raiff’s past work wasn’t enough to seduce him, Castillo then got a copy of the script for Cha Cha Real Smooth and was even more interested in being part of the project.

“It was so touching and fun,” he says. “My character and his fiancée are about to commit to each other, so it really resonated with me. I’m always excited to discover new and young voices like Cooper.”

Connecting with these promising talents is nothing new for Castillo. In 2018, he starred in the first feature film directed by Jeremiah Zagar, We the animals. In the same year, he received many awards, including the NEXT Innovator Award at Sundance.

Castillo reunited with Zagar in Fussthe first film since his directorial debut four years ago.

Raúl Castillo at the Tribeca Festival celebrating the premiere of Apple Original Films Cha Cha Real Smooth, which will premiere in theaters and on Apple TV+ on Friday, June 17, 2022.

Raul Castillo at the premiere of Apple Original Films at the Tribeca Festival. Cha Cha Real Smooth, which will premiere in theaters and on Apple TV+ on Friday, June 17, 2022.

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“Jeremiah and I were lucky to find each other,” says Castillo. “I feel that we will cooperate for a long time. I know that whenever he gets his hands on something, it will be special.”

To get your part in Fuss, Castillo had to read to Adam Sandler, whom he says he has watched his entire career. He especially likes when Sandler plays dramatic roles, like in films. drunken love as well as Uncut Gemsand now Fuss.

“I love his comedies, but I really love it when he does something heavier,” says Castillo. “I think he really brings a special energy to films like this. It was such a pleasure to work with him. I felt like I was in my own personal playground.”

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