A real mariachi ‘Get Lucky’ bash

A real mariachi ‘Get Lucky’ bash

If the last wedding party scene in HBO Max’s “Father of the Bride” looks like an epic all-night party, it’s because it really was.

With a mariachi and a salsa band combining forces and cultures into a jamming version of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” the dance cast was truly, as the song says, “up all night to the sun.”

“The wedding scene, we filmed it until seven in the morning,” says Gloria Estefan, who plays Andy Garcia’s wife for “The Bride’s Father” in the film (now streamed). “It was like we were really going to a wedding and dancing and having so much fun. It’s really coming through.”

Director Gary Alazraki says he probably could have stopped filming the heady dance at the wedding association for the film’s Cuban and Mexican families earlier. But the celebratory cast, including Garcia, Estefan and the screen’s newlyweds (Adria Arjona and Diego Boneta) continued to demand more live music.

“We ended up playing it over and over again because the actors kept asking for another song,” Alazraki says. “The line producer was about to lose it and said the neighbors would never want us back. But we played it until the mariachi and conga players almost fainted.”

Gary Alazraki, Director of HBO Max's "The brides father." Alazraki says he probably could have stopped filming the raucous dance at the wedding association for the film's Cuban and Mexican families earlier, but the celebratory cast continued to demand more live music.

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The idea for the unlinked dance ending arose during a birthday party for the cast Enrique Murciano during recordings.

“We all danced until late at night,” Alazraki says. “The next day (producer) Jeremy Kleiner said the spirit should be at the end. The infectious joy he felt at the party.”

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