Actor Harish Patel roped in for Marvel’s upcoming venture, Eternals left many amazed. A glimpse of the actor in the recently released first look of the movie kept him in the news. The actor plays the role of Karun in Eternals, in conversation with Pinkvilla he opened up about how he landed a role in this magnum opus and narrated about his first meeting with the Hollywood star Salma Hayek. Harish states when casting for a film happens, maximum details about the film are out and then the actor is finalized. However, this was not the case with the makers of this movie, as Marvel has always been secretive about their working pattern.
He said, “As a first step, the casting directors of that production house do their entire homework on the role, after which they select the actors for that part. Once that is done, they contact the agency and the manager of that actor. Casting directors of India please listen to what I am saying. They give all the details of the project, of the role and sometimes even share the script. Now Marvel is very secretive about their script, so that is a completely different matter, but other details like who is the director, the producer, where will the shooting take place - all these details are given that an actor should know about.” Followed by the makers asking the actor if they want to come on board.
The actor received an email three months after his audition asking if he would be able to fly to London the very next day for the final audition. He adds, “So at the time when they had given me this role (in Eternals), the name of my character was not Karun, it was something else which I don’t remember now. So three months after I gave the audition and they were to start shooting in September, on 28th or 29th of August my manager sent me a message stating that I’ll have to go to London for the final audition, and the mail that I had received inquired if I could fly the next day. I said it doesn’t happen like that, as I’ll have to apply for the entertainer visa only after which I can enter the country and give the audition.”
Followed by the actor being fortunate enough to get a visa in a few days and flew to London, he said, “When I reached there in the morning, they directly took me to Pinewood Studios where they were about to start the shoot from the 12th. I did my audition there, we all hugged and then I left for my hotel. When I had just reached the lobby and was going towards my car, an Assistant Director came up to me and asked me if I could join them for a table read. I told her I was hungry, so she said all the arrangements are made upstairs.” ALSO READ: Harish Patel Surprises Everyone With His Presence In MCU's Eternals; Did You Know He Has Also Worked With FRIENDS Star David Schwimmer?
Continuing further he narrated about his first meeting with Hollywood’s iconic star Salma Hayek and also his co-star, he continued, “So I went there, took my plate and just when I was serving myself, someone patted me on my back and said hello. I found that voice very sweet, so when I turned back to see who it was - it was Salma Hayek. She told me, ‘Congratulations, you’re doing Karun’s role.” However, back then Harish Patel did not know who was she. ALSO READ: Harish Patel Confirms Being A Part Of Marvel's Eternals; Says 'The Makers Haven't Even Announced My Name'
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