The new Hulu series Welcome to Chippendales debuts today, telling the dramatic story of the founders of Chippendales steve banerjee and its business partner Nick DeNoiaand how their relationship went from success to scandal.
Kumail Nanjiani portrays Banerjee, an Indian immigrant who achieved the American dream, and he tells ABC Audio he can relate to part of Banerjee’s journey, particularly “the idea of coming here and having to do his evidence and try to do so”.
“And then coming here with an idea of what American success looks like and seeing how different it is from the reality of it… I kind of understood coming here, wanting to leave your mark,” says Nanjiani , before adding: “However, I would like to think that we chose different paths to get there.
Surprisingly, neither Nanjiani nor her co-star, Annaleigh Ashfordwho plays Banerjee’s wife, Irene, actually attended a Chippendales show, but they feel like they got the full experience thanks to the on-set recreations.
“There were times when we had to, like, shut up because we needed the sound, and there was a part where they were ripping their pants off. And we would all go again, Oh! Ashford remembers.
“200 women and I are going, Oh! “, adds Nanjiani.
Although she didn’t make a show of it, Ashford knew about this story before filming, thanks to her mother, who never was either.
“I actually have a mother who really likes to watch crime shows. She’s a person who likes murderous porn…she likes murderous porn,” she explains. “And so from my mother, I knew the ins and outs of the dark dramas of the Chippendales legacy.”
As for how she thinks her mom would react to a Chippendales show?
“…My mom would have a Diet Coke and a good shout in the corner,” she says.
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