Jordi Sánchez: “I didn’t need the covid to know that I liked my life”

There are actors who have to live in the shadow of the overwhelming success of one of their characters. TO Jordi Sanchez (Barcelona, ​​1964) it has happened to him twice: at a more local level, with the Lopes from ‘Plats bruts’ and, above all, with the intolerant Antonio Recio from ‘La que se avecina’. But he has never seen it as a slab, but rather as an award, since the pull of his television work has not prevented him from continuing to develop his career as a playwright. And you just have to see the love he received from the fans during his hospitalization due to the covid. Now he stars in a new comedy on the Atresplayer Premium platform, ‘Lord, give me patience’, based on the homonymous movie, in the role of a widowed banker and father of four who, in the first episode, sees his life go to ruin. It opens this Sunday, January 2.

Gregorio, his character, is an old-fashioned man, more from before than before, as his son says in the series.

He is a reactionary man, super conservative, very narrow-minded, who has to get out of his comfortable circle and face the world, and that is where the conflict is served.

They tend to give characters taken to the extreme, almost parodic. Gregorio is also an old-fashioned way of seeing life. But then they are roles that people empathize with. Why do you think it happens?

This one is not as parodic as others. Why do you empathize with them? Because these characters are everywhere. This type of people exists, they are recognizable: people see their father, their neighbor and the friend with whom they no longer speak for 10 years. And those are the good characters, those who identify with people in real life.

Does everything go wrong makes it closer?

In this case, what makes the character work and makes people feel sorry for him is not so much that things go wrong, but the dislocation he has, that stupefaction, that he does not understand anything. That is what makes you recognizable. In addition, there are times when he does things that do not go wrong at all.

Do you think Gregorio is a good father? Because his children don’t fight precisely to take him home.

It is not. He is a father who loves his children very much, who adores them, but who feels bad not having taken them to his land and that they have come out so different from him. A good father is, for example, one who understands that his son is gay and has no problem with it. And this man is one of those who goes to the tailor, they brush his ass and think they wanted to touch him.

In the film and in the series, many of the conflicts that now exist in Spain emerge in a comical way: gay marriage, immigration, anti-establishment, independence … Do you think it can hurt sensibilities?

I do not think it hurts sensibilities. What it is about is to show an intolerant, intransigent man, who realizes that it cannot be like that and that you have to respect people who are not like you. That is a bit the basis of today’s society and what should have been the basis of all societies: understanding that you have to live with people who are different from you and that you do not have the absolute truth. And that’s a bit of what this series is telling you. That is why this character changes, learns, matures … as far as possible, because it is difficult for these obtuse people, and that is very funny.

Was it strange to return to the same character that you did in the movie? Because you are the only one in the cast that repeats: your children and your wife change actors, and they even have different characteristics from those of the feature film.

It has not been strange because here there is a turning point of the character that is the motor of the series and that is not in the film: that he is a man who is left without a job, without a house, with one hand in front and the other behind, and They have to distribute it among the four children. That is why for me it is like doing a new thing even though it is the same character and starts from the same reality.

“Good characters are those who identify with people in real life”

This series will always remain in his memory because the filming had to be paralyzed because he was hospitalized for more than a month for covid, in an induced coma. What has been left of this dramatic experience?

I didn’t need anything to happen to me to realize that I already liked my life. This has fallen from my head and I have had to eat it, but I am not one of those who say all that stuff that you realize what you have when you lose it. I’ve learned? Well, what I already knew, that I love my work but that you have to take time to be with the people you love, to value what you have, and that I already did. I’ve learned that you can die overnight. You get sick, you heal, you are lucky that you have no sequels left and that you can continue working and being with the people you love … But learning, I don’t know if I have learned. I do not see the school to all this.

Does it weigh you that your success as an actor covers your role as a playwright?

No, because when you go on TV that weighs more than anything. I am an actor who has always written, for 25 years, and I have been lucky because my works have been seen. I write in Barcelona because the person who writes with me lives there, and I take advantage of a lot on the train, in contracts I always buy time for these things and to be at home for longer … But I have it very assumed. As soon as you go out on TV you become popular and you cannot be as famous as an author.

Does your work in ‘Señor, give me patience’ prevents you from participating in the competition by playing other characters like Antonio Recio?

No, because I do one thing after another. And I am ‘freelance’, I do not have exclusivity with anyone, I can work wherever I want.

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Of course, of course. Also, they have eight chapters in one drawer.

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