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Kumail Nanjiani says ‘the hardest thing’ he did in Marvel’s Eternals was the Bollywood dance scene

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Hollywood star Kumail Nanjiani, who plays Eternal Kingo in Marvel’s Eternals, has disclosed that he initially turned down the idea of performing a Bollywood dance sequence in Eternals, but director Chloe Zhao convinced him to step out of his comfort zone.

Kumail Nanjiani says ‘the hardest thing’ he did in Marvel's Eternals was the Bollywood dance scene

The Pakistani-American actor-comic said he worked for months with choreographer Nileeka Bose to get his steps right because dancing was “outside my comfort zone”. He said that, by far, the hardest thing he did, was the dancing.

On Tuesday, in a virtual global press conference in Los Angeles, Nanjiani said that when he and Chloe first talked about the movie, she said, there is a Bollywood dance sequence, to which he replied that doesn’t think he could do that. Then Chloe said okay, we’ll make it a Bollywood action scene, and then as soon as he got to London, she said it’s a dance sequence. And he was like give me a dance teacher right now and Nileeka who was wonderful.


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The 43-year-old actor said he completely put his trust in the director and Marvel boss Kevin Feige for his character and its mannerisms, including the way he uses his hands as guns to shoot at the Deviants. Nanjiani said he did not always understand things but “knew enough to trust” Zhao, who won her maiden Academy Award for direction earlier this year for Nomadland.

The upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film revolves around the Eternals, an alien race living on Earth for over 7,000 years, who team up to protect humanity from their evil counterparts, the Deviants. Kumail Nanjiani, best known for Silicon Valley series and the film The Big Sick, plays Eternal Kingo who can project cosmic energy projectiles from his hands. While living on Earth, he lives undercover as a popular Bollywood star to blend in with the humans.


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The ensemble cast of Eternals also includes Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek, and Angelina Jolie. The film is slated to be theatrically released in India on November 5 in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.

Also Read: Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden, Kit Harington, Kumail Nanjiani ans Eternals cast dazzle at the exciting premiere


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