What’s more challenging: singing and dancing in “In the Heights” or training to battle robots in the next “Transformers” film?
“I just started ‘Transformers,’ so I’ll talk to you hopefully in a few months and I’ll let you know which one ended up being harder,” Anthony Ramos, star of both of the films, told Variety’s Marc Malkin at the Tribeca Festival premiere of “In the Heights.”
Ramos will lead Paramount Pictures’ next “Transformers” film, which he noted would be different than previous installments in terms of diversity.
“It was Shia LaBeouf, Mark Wahlberg and Hallie Steinfeld and [now] me,“ he said. “It’s very different. Dominique Fishback — it’s very different. ‘Transformers’ has transformed!”
The actor added he is excited for fans to see the film, which is being directed by Steven Caple Jr. (“Creed II”).
“Steven Caple Jr. is a visionary, I cannot wait for people to see this man flex and really show everybody the fullness of his glory,” Ramos said. “We got some things cooking up for y’all, y’all don’t even know.”
At the Tribeca premiere, Ramos said it was a dream to have “In The Heights” debut where it was filmed.
“It’s everything,” Ramos said. “Not only is the premiere here, but we shot here. Every scene was here, and this movie was birthed here. We shot it in the place it’s about, we premiered it in the place it’s about, that’s the dream.”
He also revealed his favorite songs from the film, directed by Jon M. Chu and adapted from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical.
“My favorite number is ‘Paciencia y Fe,'” Ramos said. “I didn’t shoot ‘Paciencia y Fe’ but my favorite number that I was a part of was ‘Carnaval del Barrio.’ It was crazy. That was a number that probably should’ve been shot over the course of two or three days, but thanks to Jon Chu and the incredible crew and the amazing cast, we were able to pull that off in one day.”
After the shoot was done, he said the cast and crew burst out into celebration.
“We were all in this alleyway between four buildings doing this eight-minute number,” Ramos said. “I think everyone was just so excited about what we had just done that Jon called cut for the day and everyone ran to the center of the alleyway. Everyone just started jumping on each other like we won the championship game, the Super Bowl or something, and was just chanting, ‘New York! New York!’ It was just this moment of solidarity and pride.”