Exclusive Video Interview: Actor Cheech Marin on Starring in Champions

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The most tender films that resonate with their viewers are those that speak to the human condition in the most enlightened – and equally fun – ways. One of this year’s most heartfelt, amusing movies that is the upcoming sports comedy, Champions.

The film follows its protagonist, basketball coach Marcus, who’s initially emotionally distant. But he soon goes through a tremendous evolution that teaches him how to genuinely connect with his players and the people who support their team.

Champions was helmed by Bobby Farrelly of the Farrelly brothers [There’s Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber To], in his solo directorial debut. The upcoming comedy, which is an English-language remake of the Goya Award-winning 2018 Spanish movie of the same name, was written by Mark Rizzo.

Cheech Marin generously took the time recently to talk about starring in Champions during an exclusive interview over Zoom. You can watch the videos here, and read below for an official summary and where to watch the film.

Champions follows Marcus [Woody Harrelson, who also served as an executive producer on the movie], a temperamental, former minor-league basketball coach who’s on his way to coach in the NBA. However, he soon finds himself in legal trouble, and as a result, must satisfy a community service requirement.

So Marcus is ordered to manage a team of players with intellectual disabilities, who are known as the Friends. Under the guidance of Julio [Marin], the manager of the local rec center where the Friends practice, Marcus soon realizes that despite his doubts, the team can go further than they ever imagined – which includes competing for a spot in the Special Olympics.

Focus Features will release Champions in theaters this Friday, March 10.

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