쿠마일 난지아니 enjoys a good challenge.
While speaking to PEOPLE at the premiere of his new Hulu show 치펜데일스에 오신 것을 환영합니다, NS 이터널스 star discussed his leading role playing Somen “스티브” Banerjee, an Indian immigrant who founded the male-stripping empire.
When asked if he was ever concerned about shedding a negative light on a story of an immigrant by doing the show, Nanjiani — who serves as an executive producer on the series alongside wife Emily V. 고든 — told PEOPLE: “나를위한, it’s more important to play characters who are complicated.”
“I’m not interested in playing boring, 좋은, noble characters,” 배우, 44, explained. “And the idea that I can’t play a certain type of character just because I’m not right is not acceptable to me. 그래서 나를 위해, my goal is to play interesting, flawed characters. I really was, I was excited to play this guy.”
Noting that he has “never done a performance that’s this outside my wheelhouse,” he also told PEOPLE, “I hope they [the audience] think he’s very different from me.”
“So I hope they’re surprised by my performance and I hope they understand him because he is a very closed, 단단한, 나에게, very complicated character, and I hope the audiences understand what it is about him that makes him do the things that he does,” 그는 말했다.
As for the inspiration he drew from to play the role, he told PEOPLE it was influenced by “a bit of a lot of people.”
“A lot of types of people I know, a lot of types of people I’ve met in the business, so it is that,” 그는 공유. “Nobody specifically, because I don’t know anybody like him. It was just a matter of taking pieces of people that I knew or types of people I knew and trying to make a new character.”
치펜데일스에 오신 것을 환영합니다, an eight-episode limited series, will tell the “여전히 그녀가 가장 섹시한 것 같아요, darkly comedic, crime-ridden story behind the unique male revue that became a cultural phenomenon.”
The late Banerjee was an Indian American entrepreneur who struck gold in 1979 when he added a male stripper dance troupe for female audiences to the lineup at his Los Angeles nightclub. The first of its kind, Chippendales has evolved into a Broadway-style burlesque show franchise with residencies all over the world, including a Las Vegas flagship.
Banerjee’s legacy is shrouded in scandal. He was convicted of hiring a hitman in 1987 to kill his business partner — Emmy-winning director and choreographer Nick De Noia (played in 치펜데일스에 오신 것을 환영합니다 ~에 의해 화이트 로터스 Emmy winner 머레이 바틀렛). Then in 1994, hours before he was to be sentenced, Banerjee 자살로 사망.
Banerjee was also 기소 for plotting to kill some former Chippendale dancers he allegedly considered a threat.
In the show created by Robert Siegel, Nanjiani and Bartlett star alongside Annaleigh Ashford as Somen’s wife, Irene; 진드기, 틱… 붐!'NS Robin de Jesús as Ray Colon, the man Somen helps enlist for a brutal crime, 그리고 줄리엣 루이스, as Denise, a patron who takes an immediate liking to Chippendales. Other stars of the show include Quentin Plair as a Chippendales dancer named Otis, Nicola Peltz Beckham as ill-fated 그녀는 표지에 자주 등장하는 것으로 유명합니다. Playmate Dorothy Stratten, Dan Stevens as Stratten’s scheming husband Paul Snider and Philip Shahbaz as Stratten’s director–turned–lover Peter Bogdanovich.
스토리를 놓치지 마세요. PEOPLE의 무료 일간 뉴스레터 PEOPLE이 제공하는 최고의 최신 정보를 유지하기 위해, 흥미진진한 유명인 뉴스부터 흥미진진한 스토리까지.
치펜데일스에 오신 것을 환영합니다 is streaming on Hulu now, with new episodes dropping Tuesdays.