Video:Sendhil Ramamurthy Interview-Heroes and Wonderful Afterlifewith Rebecca Murray
'Heroes' fans know Sendhil Ramamurthy for his starring role as Suresh in the dramatic TV series, but he's also got a starring role in the upcoming film 'It's a Wonderful Afterlife,' a British romantic comedy from director Gurinder Chadha.See Transcript
Transcript:Sendhil Ramamurthy Interview-Heroes and Wonderful AfterlifeRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the 2009 British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles TV Tea Party.
Sendhil Ramamurthy - It's a Wonderful Afterlife and Heroes
Heroes…where the heck are you guys going?
Sendhil Ramamurthy: "We're going to the circus."
Sendhil Ramamurthy: "We're going to go to the circus, that's the plan. No, there's a carnival that comes into town, that rolls into town. The members of the carnival are a pretty interesting bunch. And it's about the interaction of the characters that you guys all know coming and interacting with these other group of people that are in the carnival. They are carnies, they're traveling carnies. And they have a secret that they're keeping."
Doesn't everyone on that show?
Sendhil Ramamurthy: "Yeah, pretty much. They do."
Does it surprise you where they've taken it? Did you have any clue the first season that this is what you'd be doing now?
Sendhil Ramamurthy: "No, not at all. I never thought that. We've just been very, very lucky. Not a lot of shows get to a fourth season, and hopefully we go for a few more."
Do you think this is going to be the best of the best?
Sendhil Ramamurthy: "I certainly hope so. I think that it's certainly the closest that we've gotten to the kind of magic that they did in the first season. We kind of lost it for a little bit, but I think… I saw the premiere yesterday, actually. I saw the season premiere yesterday; we had a cast and crew screening. And I was really impressed. I really was. I had said, because I knew it was Emmy weekend and people would be asking, that I said that I hadn't seen it if I didn't like it. And I saw it, and I really did enjoy it. I thought it was really good."
You were going to lie to the press?
Sendhil Ramamurthy: "I know, shock, isn't it? Nobody ever lies to the press, right? You guys never lie about us either, right? You got the memo, I got the memo. Excellent."
What else are you working on?
Sendhil Ramamurthy: "I actually over the hiatus between season three and season four did a British movie, actually. I shot in London for nine weeks on a romantic comedy called It's a Wonderful Afterlife. And it was written and directed by Gurinder Chadha who did Bend It Like Beckham. And it was a great British cast – and me. I snuck in."
How did you get in there?
Sendhil Ramamurthy: "They called and offered me the part."
You can do a really good British accent.
Sendhil Ramamurthy: "Yeah, yeah. Well, I don't know if it's really good. I can attempt one. That's what I can do. So that's what I did. I shot the movie out there with Sally Hawkins and Mark Addy and Zoe Wanamaker."
That's a funny cast.
Sendhil Ramamurthy: "It was an amazing cast. I had such a great time with me. I really did."
Was it nice to step away from the character you normally play and do something like that?
Sendhil Ramamurthy: "It was nice to do something a little bit lighter, even though my guy's kind of the straight guy in the movie – he's the straight man. But I get a few comedy cracks. But it was just nice to do something besides Suresh for a while, you know?"
It keeps it fresh when you come back to it then.
Sendhil Ramamurthy: "Exactly, exactly. So I was happy to come back to it. I was really looking forward to seeing what they did with the character, so we'll see how it goes."
That director loves music on her films. Did she make you sing?
Sendhil Ramamurthy: "No singing. I did do some dancing. She likes to do the credits so it's actually going to be a Bollywood-style version of 'Staying Alive.' It's 'Staying Alive' but they did a Bollywood version of it."
And do you do the John Travolta pose?
Sendhil Ramamurthy: "I'm afraid I do. I do."
How long did it take her to convince you to do that?
Sendhil Ramamurthy: "A disturbingly little time, but I now regret it thoroughly."