Carlos Ponce has fun with role in COUPLES RETREAT

Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau were struggling actors when they first met on the set of the 1993 football film, Rudy. Three years later, they would work with each other again starring in a movie that they wrote themselves in the cult independent film, Swingers. Since then, they have become the best of friends and worked on several project together with the latest being Couples Retreat.
In the film, Vaughn and Favreau are part of an all-star cast that includes Kristen Davis (Sex and the City), Jason Bateman (Juno), Kristen Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Malin Akerman (Watchmen) where four couples go to a tropical island resort as a favor for one of the couples, whose marriage is on the rocks. When they arrive, they anticipate in doing many fun activities such as jet-ski and scuba diving, but all of them have to participate in the resort’s mandatory couples therapy.
The Beacon had the chance to talk to actor and singer Carlos Ponce who plays Salvador, the resort’s always-shirtless yoga instructor.
When Ponce auditioned for the role, he did not have a full script. Instead of the usual script, he only received cut down versions of the script that are called sides.
“I do not usually audition unless I had a full script, but I knew it was written by Vince and Jon and knew that they can’t go wrong”, Ponce said.
Ponce said that the script that was already written as more of a guideline and the filmmakers have discussed the changes in the script that was going to happen.
When it came to working with the cast in a scene where his character is instructing the couples into different and awkward yoga positions, he had a fantastic time with them.
“The greatest thing about these guys (Vaughn and Favreau) it is the fact that they allow you to be funny with them and they know that you are bring something different to the table”, Ponce said.
For Ponce, the things that he does in the film are little bit out of character as Salvador. As an actor, Ponce said he had to put such things as embarrassment and shame aside in order to convince himself that he was his character.
“I have met people like this who are very secure when it comes to themselves and comfortable in any scenario, despite what little wardrobe they are wearing”, Ponce said.
For Ponce, what he want the audience who watches Couples Retreat is to have a good time.
“I enjoy comedies because it frees your mind for a little while”, said Ponce. “Hopefully, it will be one of those movies where people are constantly quoting lines from. I already have some people tell me their favorite ‘one-liners’ from the movie and I love it because that is the way people will remember the movie”.

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