With director Michael Berry’s original pop musical film, Stuck, opening in limited release this weekend in movie theaters around the country, I recently sat down with Giancarlo Esposito to talk about the film. If you aren’t familiar with Stuck, the film was written by Berry and Riley Thomas and it’s about six commuters who get stuck together on a New York City subway. Through the power of music, they learn about each other’s lives and, in turn, have a profound effect on one another. Stuck also stars Amy Madigan, Ashanti, Arden Cho, Omar Chaparro, and Gerard Canonico. You can watch the Stuck trailer further down the page and check out a list of theaters playing the movie.
During the interview, Giancarlo Esposito talked about why he wanted to be part of Stuck, the inspirational message of the movie, growing up around music with his mother being an opera singer, why making Stuck was like making a film early in his career, if this was a role he was looking for, what it means to be part of a movie musical, and a lot more.
Check out what he had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about, a more detailed synopsis, and the trailer.
- The challenges of getting Stuck made and why he wanted to be part of it.
- How you don’t get to make movies like Stuck very often and what it means to be part of a musical.
- What the film is about and who he plays.
- Was this the kind of role he was looking for?
- How his mother was an opera singer and his father was an opera “freak”.
- Has he paid for a drink in Albuquerque, New Mexico?
- With the limited schedule and budget making Stuck what was the energy like on set having to get things in only a few takes?
- Why making Stuck was like making a film early in his career.
Here’s a more detailed synopsis on Stuck:
Set in the New York City subway, Stuck revolves around six strangers who find themselves trapped with each other after their train breaks down. Absorbed in their own lives, they barely notice each other, and then only through a lens of preconceived notions.
Over the course of the day, as emotions and frustration build, they begin to interact with one another. Initial snap judgments and raised voices give way to new insights as the subway car becomes a kind of musical conduit cell.
Most of Stuck takes place in a single location (a subway car), so the audience is essentially trapped with the passengers. It’s only through song that they’re transported to other times and places. This allows the audience to become wholly invested in the characters and the inspirational message of the Stuck movie.
Here’s the Stuck trailer: