EXCLUSIVE VIA DEADLINE: Olivia Culpo (I Feel Pretty), Nestor Carbonell (The Morning Show), and Oliver Cooper (Project X) have joined the cast of Yale Entertainment’s Clawfoot.
In the film penned by April Wolfe, an upper-class suburban housewife (Francesca Eastwood) is psychologically terrorized by a manipulative contractor (Milo Gibson), leading to a twisted battle of wits with deliciously unexpected results.
Production on the film recently wrapped in Los Angeles.
With Bandit now playing in select theaters and available On Demand, I recently spoke with director Allan Ungar and Néstor Carbonell about telling the incredible true story of Canada’s infamous Flying Bandit. If you’re not familiar with the Flying Bandit, aka Gilbert Galvan Jr. or Robert Whiteman to those who knew him, he was notorious for escaping prison in Michigan, starting a new life in Canada, and proceeding to successfully rob 59 consecutive banks, setting the record for most robberies committed in a row in Canada. In the film, Josh Duhamel plays Robert Whiteman, and Elisha Cuthbert plays the caring social worker named Andrea who Whiteman falls in love with. Bandit also stars Mel Gibson.
During the interview, Ungar and Carbonell talk about incredible true story it’s based on, the challenge of trying to make the film in 21 days, and how Carbonell helped direct second unit and why he didn’t enjoy wearing the ‘80s clothing in the heat of summer in Georgia. In addition, Ungar gave an update on the Driver TV series, and Carbonell talked about filming the Shōgun FX series and how they spared no expense in trying to recreate feudal Japan in Vancouver.
COLLIDER: I’m going to start with an individual question for Néstor. If someone has never seen anything you’ve done before, what is the first thing you want them watching and why?
NESTOR CARBONELL: Oh wow, that’s interesting. I want to go with Bandit. I’m going to go with Bandit.
ALLAN UNGAR: Good answer, buddy.
CARBONELL: Listen, I’ve been very blessed, my whole life getting great opportunities. This was one of those, and I’m not saying that just because you’re here. This was a true gift. I was in Pensacola helping my wife promote her book, when I get the call three days before I’m supposed to shoot this. An offer to do this film and I’m going, “What? This is crazy.” And I read it right away. Immediately, of course, I say yes. I hop on a plane from there. Two days later, we’re shooting. It turned into one of the most incredible blessings, the entire project. This man did the impossible, shooting this film in 21 days with this incredible cast. But I think for me, to tell audiences if there’s something to watch, this one, because the experience was so free in the sense that there was no time to prepare.
On July 31, 2020 Nestor Carbonell joined Bruce Campbell, Carlton Cuse, and various celebrities/cast members of Brisco County Jr. for a live table read. During the script read, Nestor played the role of Jonah Collier and a few other roles. Visit the Video Vault for a compilation of all of Nestor’s scenes.
Brisco County Jr. Reunion Live Script Read
He had to go back! It was revealed on Twitter that Néstor stopped by The Hatch Podcast! The creators of the podcast are getting ready for the release of Season 6 rewatch of the show. No word yet on what episode Nestor will be on (our guess is Ab Aeterno since it’s Richard’s backstory episode) so stay tuned!
From director Allan Ungar, Bandit covers the remarkable story of career criminal Gilbert Galvan, who got away with 59 bank and jewelry heists worth $2.5 million whilst leading a double life as family man Robert Whiteman. Duhamel stars as one of the most notorious bank robbers of all time, alongside Gibson as gangster and accomplice Tommy, with Cuthbert as Galvan’s unsuspecting wife, Andrea. Signature plans to release it in Scandinavia and the U.K. and Ireland late this year.
As 2021 draws to a close we are taking a look back at what the year has brought for Nestor & the fandom! After a quiet 2020 due to the state of the world there was never a dull moment: from conventions, podcast, as well filming and directed this was quite a year!
Starting in January Nestor attended his first Convention with GalaxyCon which was a small Lost reunion. The event kicked off with a virtual panel where Néstor was joined by co-stars Emilie DeRaven, Francois Chau, & more. During the free live stream panel, we even saw an appearance by Shannon as they discussed the upcoming release of her book All Is Not Lost. In addition to the panel, fans were able to purchase one-on-one chats with the cast members where they could do selfies & buy autographed photos as well.
On February 13, Néstor made a brief appearance during the virtual Seasons of Love Gala where he gave the closing remarks during the live stream benefitting Shane’s Inspiration. The organization builds playgrounds for children and fosters the importance of inclusion for all children through education as well. March 16, saw the release of Shannon’s debut book All Is Not Lost to rave reviews during this time it was promoted by both Nestor & Shannon through various means. From Nestor interviewing Shannon about her memoir to appearing on various podcasts and even on KTLA News in Los Angeles. The day after release it went on to hit #1 on Amazon for New Release books.
In May, Nestor was a guest on Meisterkhan Podcast where he discussed The Tick, Bates Motel, and more. He also made his return to Conventions in person when he appeared along with Shannon at Pensacon. For 3 days they visited fans signing photos as well as copies of All Is Not Lost. Days after the event he surprised everyone in the fandom by beginning the filming of Bandit in Georgia. He portrays, John Snydes a detective tasked with pursuing an escaped convict who will use any means to avoid capture. Filmed over a month the movie based on the true story of the flying bandit is expected to be released in 2022.
In addition to his acting career, Néstor added another directing credit to his name in August when he directed “Seed Money” the 4th episode of Season 4 of the hit medical drama, New Amsterdam. After getting our first look at the trailer & production stills of Season 2 at the beginning of September the cast of The Morning Show attended the Season 2 Photocall in Beverly Hills on September 8th.
Season 2 of The Morning Show began streaming weekly on Apple TV+ after premiering at midnight on September 17th. Throughout the season we saw our beloved weatherman dealt with his breakup with Claire. As well as battling cancel culture and accusations of racism in cultural appropriation due to an on-air comment he makes. After a very public physical altercation he is suspended and we see little of him for the remainder of the season. He does come through in the end when UBA has to quarantine and he is the only one available to work, however.
While at times the season was a bit Yanko light it was an interesting storyline and vastly different from his role in Season 1. On September 30th, it was announced that Néstor rounded out the cast of the FX miniseries, Shōgun. A reboot of the 1980s TV miniseries based on the popular novel. Nestor began filming that month, portraying the role of Father Rodrigues as of yet it is not clear how he figures into the storyline. Ending out the year, on November 18 the finale of The Morning Show was screened for SAG Members with a cast panel accompanying the screening in Los Angeles. It has certainly been a year and cannot wait to see the release of Bandit next year and what more 2022 will bring. Visit our gallery below for the full Lost Panel, as well as links to podcasts, and more for the year!
VIDEO VAULT > GALAXY CON JANUARY 17, 2021
ONE ON ONE CHAT WITH NESTOR CARBONELL
VIDEO VAULT > MISCELLANEOUS VIDEOS > SEASONS OF LOVE GALA
VIDEO VAULT > STUDIO 10 INTERVIEW WITH NESTOR & SHANNON
VIDEO VAULT > IN CREATIVE COMPANY Q&A WITH NESTOR & SHANNON
VIDEO VAULT > INTERVIEWS > MARCH 29, 2021 NESTOR IN CONVERSATION WITH SHANNON
VIDEO VAULT > TOO OPINIONATED INTERVIEW #145 WITH NESTOR CARBONELL
VIDEO VAULT > INTERVIEW > ACTING AND LIVING TRUTHFULLY WITH NESTOR & SHANNON
VIDEO VAULT > INTERVIEW > THE DEREK DIAMOND PODCAST WITH NESTOR & SHANNON
VIDEO VAULT > 2021 > THE MORNING SHOW SEASON 2 INTERVIEWS
VIDEO VAULT > 2021 AUDIO PODCASTS
A birthday is just the first day of another 365 day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip. Wishing a happy birthday to Nestor Carbonell. Thank you for always taking the time to speak with fans whether in person at a convention or online on social media. Sending love & light for the end of the year as well as luck for your upcoming projects next year! Your fans cannot wait to see them!!
That’s a wrap on Season 2 of The Morning Show! The gallery has been updated with more Behind the Scenes photos of Nestor Carbonell shared by cast mates: Reese Witherspoon & Jennifer Aniston.
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