Alejandro De Hoyos talks about Netflix’s trigger warning and other releases

A black belt, businessman, and beloved actor and producer, Alejandro De Hoyos is a man of many talents. But this summer, it has a chance to shine on the streaming screen in a new way with Netflix. Trigger warning and The man from Toronto, both intended for coming out this summer.

These films will be De Hoyos’ second and third major feature film roles in addition to his own film, El Contratista (The Contractor), released in 2018. Trigger warningdirected by Mouly Surya of Fiksi, and The man from Torontodirected by Patrick Hughes of The Hitman’s Bodyguard, is part of the streaming giant’s action slate expansion, which De Hoyos says is “right up my alley.”

But both movies also offered new experiences for the actor – in addition to working with A-list stars like Jessica Alba, Woody Harrelson, Kevin Hart, and more. – as well as new challenges. In fact, De Hoyos feared to play his role in Netflix Trigger warningwhich follows a traumatized special forces veteran (Alba) who inherits a bar from his grandfather (De Hoyos) and faces a moral dilemma after learning the truth about his untimely death.

We had the chance to speak with De Hoyos about what convinced him to audition for Netflix Trigger warninghis role in The man from Torontoand realize a childhood dream at 50.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 04: Alejandro De Hoyos attends ALMA 2018 – Arrivals on November 04, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images). Alejandro De Hoyos talks about Netflix’s Trigger Warning and The Man from Toronto.

Interview with Netflix star Alejandro De Hoyos

Hidden Remote: What brought you to cinema? Did you always know you wanted to be an actor? Or was it something you fell into later?

Alexandre DeHoyos: I wanted to be an actor since I was young. But, at the time, I was living in I Acapulco, so it wasn’t cool for me to say that. If I told people I wanted to be an actor, they would laugh at me. So it just kept my mouth shut. But I went to the theater with my younger brother. And we were watching triple features, being there all day at the theater, watching movies. So I’ve always loved movies.

And then by the time I started playing, I was in my 30s and didn’t care what people thought. Sometimes big dreams take a long time to come true.

Hidden Remote: It is certainly materialized for you. You have been dubbed the “Latino James Bond” by the press. What earned you this title?

From Hoyos: I produced a film, The Contractor (The contractor), where I was also the lead, and my character is a military contractor. And after people saw that, they started calling me the “Latino James Bond.” I was like, “Well, if that’s how you see me, I have no problem with that.”

Hidden Remote: Was it a positive experience growing up watching these movies and then being compared to such an iconic character?

From Hoyos: It’s incredible. For a very long time, I said, “If I want to be an actor, I want to do action movies and martial arts movies.” I’m very into martial arts, with a black belt in Limalama. And in The contractor, there’s a scene where I have a really nice fight sequence with this other guy and it went really well. And it was very exciting to see that other people thought so too.

Alejandro De Hoyos talks about Netflix's Trigger Warning and The Man from Toronto

(Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images). Alejandro De Hoyos talks about Netflix’s Trigger Warning and The Man from Toronto.

Hidden Remote: Speaking of your black belt, you actually have to use your martial arts training in one of your upcoming movies with The Mummyby Patricia Velasquez, Free dead or alive. Is it correct?

From Hoyos: I was able to do fight scenes while we were filming in Texas, but it was very interesting because the director didn’t want my character to show martial arts skills. I play a gangster so the director, Erik Bernard, just wanted me to be a brutal fighter. But everyone who saw the screening said they could tell right away that I knew how to properly stand in a fight.

The gangster I play is also the leader of a cartel and the film is about people trying to come from Central America to the United States, fleeing poverty. My son in the movie falls in love with this girl and I try to protect my son and teach him lessons. So there are some pretty brutal scenes.

Hidden Remote: Speaking of action movies, you also appear in two upcoming action movies on Netflix: Trigger warning and The man from Toronto. Let’s start with Netflix Trigger warning–what can you tell me about your character in this film and what attracted you to the script?

From Hoyos: Well, for Trigger warning, I could not make fights. Jessica Alba was the one doing all the fighting. I play his grandfather. We go back and forth in time so they make me look younger, they make me age. It’s funny – when I was sent the audition for Netflix Trigger warningI said, “Ugh, I don’t want to play a grandfather,” because, you know, I still feel very young and I want to do some action.

But my son convinced me to go to the audition and when I booked and they sent me the script, I saw how important this role was. Even though it’s an action movie, Netflix Trigger warning is a lot about family and it’s one of my favorite themes.

Alejandro De Hoyos talks about Netflix's Trigger Warning and The Man from Toronto

(Photo by Lionel Hahn/Getty Images). Alejandro De Hoyos talks about Netflix’s Trigger Warning and The Man from Toronto.

Alejandro De Hoyos talks about Trigger Warning

Hidden Remote: What excites you the most and why do you think it’s important for people to see Netlfix? Trigger warning?

From Hoyos: Jessica Alba kicks ass. It’s nice to see a female lead that shows so much strength and drive. Sometimes you see movies with fighters in action and they don’t seem very effective. You know they’re not really trained. But Jessica had a lot of physical and mental preparation for it and it shows. It’s nice to see a female character portrayed that way in a movie. And a lot of that credit also goes to our director Mouly Surya, who really knows what she wants. That’s one of the reasons I really enjoyed working with her.

Hidden remote control: change gears for The man from Toronto– Tell me what this movie is about. Unrelated to the 1933 British romantic comedy of the same name, I guess?

From Hoyos: No not at all. It’s completely different. You have Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson and one of them is an assassin, but there is a mistaken identity situation. They go to an Airbnb, but someone shows up 15 minutes late and it creates all this confusion. It’s hilarious. I loved the comedy. With these guys, it’s impossible not to laugh. These guys are so good. They are simply amazing.

Alejandro De Hoyos talks about Netflix's Trigger Warning and The Man from Toronto

The Toronto man, image courtesy of Espada PR. Alejandro De Hoyos talks about Netflix’s Trigger Warning and The Man from Toronto.

Hidden Remote: And what can you tell me about your role in this story?

From Hoyos: I can’t say too much, but I can tell you that I’m not a nice guy, and I enjoyed it immensely.

Hidden Remote: What was one of the hardest scenes?

From Hoyos: There’s a scene in this beautiful hotel suite and you have about 100 people on set. It’s a huge scene and everything has to be so synchronized. You have all the actors doing their job alongside the explosions and somehow you have to get your lines right. And, if you don’t, you’re not only ruining yourself, but also those 100 people. It was crazy.

Hidden Remote: What did you enjoy most about being on Netflix? Trigger warning, The man from Torontoas good as Free dead or alive?

From Hoyos: The friendships I made with all the teams. In Free dead or alive, it was a small production and we all became like a family. by NetflixTrigger warning was also a great experience, meeting Jessica and working with female producers and a female director. They were all amazing.

With The man from Toronto, I felt like I was in paradise. Ellen Barkin, Woody Harrelson and Kevin Hart, everyone was so nice. I remember my first day on set, Kevin walked up to me and gave me a big hug, and then Woody came up behind him and said, “Nice to meet you, sir,” very correct. And then director Patrick Hughes comes in and says, “Hey! Alexander! You’re going to make a great villain for a great story.

I feel humbled because these guys have worked really hard and done so much work since they were young. And it’s great to work with him. Also, apart The contractor, these will be my first big feature films. And all three are coming out this summer. When it rains, it rains, doesn’t it? So I hope these films will show other directors what I can do.

Are you going to watch Netflix Trigger warning and The man from Toronto? What other Netflix 2022 releases are you excited for this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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