NEW YORK (AP) – Nicky Jam has received music awards like the Billboard and Latin Grammy, but nothing would make him happier as a star on the Walk of Fame.
It is something that he considers possible now that he is focused on developing his fledgling career in Hollywood, where he has already appeared in major productions such as “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” (“xXx: reactivated”) and “Bad Boys for Life” (“Bad Boys forever “), and where on Friday he debuts with his first animated role, Butch, in the new movie” Tom & Jerry “(” Tom and Jerry “).
“It’s my dream. More than an Oscar, more than a Grammy, more than anything, because my children, my grandchildren, can walk down the street and see my name on the Hollywood floor, “said the trap and reggaeton star on Wednesday to The Associated Press in an interview via Zoom from Miami. “It’s huge. It’s something I know I’ve been working on, and I don’t see it that far! ”
“Tom & Jerry” takes place in New York and combines settings and real actors (including Chloë Grace Moretz and Michael Peña, as well as a cameo from Ozuna) with animated characters. It is an adaptation of the Hanna-Barbera classic that reveals how the famous house cat and the mischievous mouse met and became rivals.
Butch is the leader of a gang of stray cats that make life more difficult for the leading feline. And to interpret it, Jam was inspired by “how Puerto Ricans speak when they are from the street”.
“As I am a Puerto Rican raised in the United States, it is very easy for me to do the accent, that street slang in English, because it was the one I grew up with,” said the musician with a Dominican mother and Puerto Rican father, who was born in the outskirts from Boston but moved to Puerto Rico as a child.
“I also had the director (Tim Story) in front of me and he asked me, ‘How would you do it?’ So I threw myself the ‘Are you laughing at me? You know what I do to cats that laugh at me ‘(Are you laughing at me? Do you know what I do to cats that laugh at me) “, he added with grace, making his character’s hoarse voice. “I gave him that life of mine, do you understand me? I imagined myself in that situation ”.
What would Butch sound like singing Nicky Jam songs?
“Well, I hope so. I hope that soon they put Butch to sing, that would be super cool. But as in this case he was the bad guy, the bad guys don’t sing much “, said the interpreter of hits like” The lover “,” Until dawn “and” El perdón “laughing. “With the favor of God the next animation I do.”