The actor talks about playing his unique character in the film, The Office and future projects.
While most small-screen viewers will notice Oscar Nunez's work portraying Oscar Martinez on the hit NBC sitcom The Office, the versatile Cuban actor has had his fair share of film roles as well such as The Italian Job and Reno 911!: Miami. The actor returned to the big screen as Ramone in The Proposal, which will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 13. I was able to speak with this comic talent over the phone and here's what he had to say.
So can you talk a bit about how you first heard about the role in The Proposal and how you came on board?
Oscar Nunez: Just the regular audition. I had an audition and I remember I didn't read the script before the audition. I think I just read the audition and they said, 'OK, you have to dance like an idiot,' and I said, 'Oh, I think I can do that.' So I did that and I forgot all about it. A couple of weeks later they called and were like, 'Hey, you got that part.' So then I read the script and thought it was great, and that's it.
Yeah, this definitely seems like an interesting character for you, with this multi-faceted guy, so what was it like for your getting prepared for something like this?
Oscar Nunez: Oh, it was so much fun. They shot in Alaska but they also shot in Boston and my part was in Boston. I went there and shot in Boston and got to hang out there for a week and walk all over town, Fenway Park and all the museums, Harvard, Cambridge. That was just great and the Little Italy section. It was great.
Ryan and Sandra were a really great pair in this film, so can you just talk about working with them and what your process with them was like?
Oscar Nunez: Yeah, it was great. When we worked in Boston, we were really busy and the schedule was really long so it was just kind like go and do the scenes and go to your hotel and pass out (Laughs). Then when we got back to town we did some voice-over work and I got to hang out and talk with them. They were so funny, just to be hanging out and talking with them and they're very very funny.
So is a film like this kind of like a nice break from the daily grind of The Office, or how was the whole experience for you?
Oscar Nunez: Yeah. It was great just to go travel somewhere and go to do something that's on the same level, a comedy thing. I don't have to go out and research or anything, but it's nice to get out of town for awhile.
So were you involved at all on this new DVD or Blu-ray? Did you do any commentary tracks or anything like that?
Oscar Nunez: I think I might have done some interviews for that, but that's mostly for Sandra and Ryan and the director, Anne Fletcher. They'd be more involved with that.
So can you talk a bit about working with your director, Anne Fletcher, and how she would compare to other director's you've worked with in the past?
Oscar Nunez: Boy, it's different because this is a movie and our thing is up and running already and they just come in and do their thing. Anne has more of a canvas to play with and she's so energetic, so full of energy and just kept it going. We fed off of her energy and she's just fantastic. I just saw her at the Emmy's or something and she's hilarious and has so much energy.
Aside from Sandra and Ryan, this film is just filled with so many talented actors so do you maybe have a favorite scene that you shot or a favorite memory from the set?
Oscar Nunez: It was fun driving to work with Betty White in the mornings. We were in the same hotel so we were driving together, so that was kind of cool listening to her. I asked her questions about New York City back in the day, how she met her husband Alan. Also I got to make buddies with Denis O'Hare, who's in the movie. He's in every movie. He's a great actor, so that was kind of cool, just going out to dinner a couple of times with him.
So can you give us any tidbits on the rest of the season on The Office and what we might expect from your character and everyone else?
Oscar Nunez: Well, my character is going to keep doing the same thing he's doing. We don't get the scripts that much ahead of time, so I don't know what's in store from script to script. But the wedding is coming up and that's going to be great. We're going to go over and see that over at (executive producer) Greg Daniels' house and have a little party there so I'm looking forward to that.
So do you guys do that a lot, get together and meet up at the producer's house and watch all the episodes together?
Oscar Nunez: We used to do that a lot more. Now it's just for special ones, like this one is a special episode. We did it a lot when we first started but now we're in our sixth season and the hours are really long and people want to be with their families, the little time they have off. But with this wedding episode, we'll get together for that.
So, besides The Office, is there anything you have planned for your hiatus? Any other films you're looking at or that you're trying to develop?
Oscar Nunez: Not at the moment. I'm just going to take some time off and see what happens.
OK, so finally just what would you like to say to fans of yours from The Office or people who enjoyed The Proposal about what to expect from the DVD?
Oscar Nunez: I think they might get some outtakes, some funny outtakes, and some insights into the film from Anne and her experience. It was a whirlwind and she handled it great. She was fantastic and I'm looking forward to listening to what she had to say about it.
Excellent. Well that's about all I have for your, Oscar. Thanks so much for your time and the best of luck with The Office this season.
Oscar Nunez: All right buddy. Thank you.
You can watch Oscar Nunez as Ramone when The Proposal hits the shelves on DVD and Blu-ray on October 13.