What We Do in the Shadows is a person of my preferred displays at this time airing. It focuses on the foibles of a dwelling full of vampires who consistently have a rotating solid of pals and familiars pop in. The resident acquainted, Guillermo de la Cruz (Harvey Guillén), is one more consistent, and he is arguably the heart of the display.
He is also a badass. Likely the baddest badass in the series. And as a chubby Latino taking part in a human being in a demonstrate complete of supernatural powerhouses, the truth that Guillermo de la Cruz can not only maintain his individual, but completely fucking demolish any of the undead creatures he’s surrounded with, is completely extraordinary. As a in addition-size actor of coloration, Guillén informed the Advocate previously this year, he has experienced to regularly struggle, even with his agents, to be taken seriously and to land roles that mirror his expertise and training.
Observing Guillermo be massive on display screen, and kick ass and consider names, is a incredibly validating detail to see. Even larger actors are by now very scarce on screen, and generally relegated to roles that enjoy up their dimension for comedy. Guillermo, nevertheless, does not have to prevent or make excuses for something he receives to be particularly who he is and he will get to be one of the ideal fighters in the series, stunts and all. He’s knowledgeable, risky, and will take on difficulties that would have any other human managing for the hills. While he’s been demonstrating off his battling capabilities considering that period two (when he embraced his legacy as a person of Dracula foe Van Helsing’s descendants), season 3 and the present-day time four have specified him some totally epic smackdowns.
Actually, 1 of my preferred pieces of What We Do in the Shadows is when Guillermo will get to place the smackdown on his “master,” Nandor the Relentless (Kayvan Novak), in season three. As Guillermo and Nandor get into it and Nandor is thrown on his back. Guillermo then climbs on top of a coffin, yells “Plancha!” and jumps around to human body slam Nandor. Most of you can in all probability guess that this is a classic lucha libre go, and it’s perfect. This is peak tv. I like an action star who can keep his own and be comedic without having ever producing the joke about his weight.
Season 4 episode “The Night time Market” gave us an additional completely epic battle scene soon after Nandor is goaded into volunteering his familiar (technically, his bodyguard) for a cage match in which Guillermo is pitted in opposition to other familiars. His very first bout is in opposition to a gentleman who appears to be like like you would hope a burly pit fighter to appear. He’s big, shirtless, buff, and is the latest winner. And Guillermo wipes the floor with him. And every single other common. This B-plot is so entertaining and fulfilling to enjoy since everyone underestimates Guillermo simply because of the way he looks—and every single one struggle he will get into, he wins. And there is not a huge deal made of it possibly! He just goes in, does his detail, receives in a few backflips, picks up a dozen distinct weapons, and kicks ass. Hail to the king.
So here’s to you, Guillermo de la Cruz! A chubby badass, a vampire killer, the softest boy, he who provides death to the undying. I hope you and Nandor get to kiss at the very least once. But not ahead of you get in a couple a lot more fights.
What We Do in the Shadows airs Tuesdays on Fx and streams on Hulu the up coming day.
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