As I write this, reports have recently come in that our pal, Gabriel Iglesias, is currently recovering from COVID, so before we get into it, we want to wish him a very rapid recovery and all of our best wishes.
Today also marks the debut of Eric Bauza and Iglesias’ new film, Space Jam: A New Legacy! And to celebrate the return of the Tune Squad, we, at The Nerds of Color, were lucky enough to speak with Bauza and Iglesias about their roles in the new movie. Before we begin, here’s a bit about them.
Now at the moment, you may not instantly recognize Bauza’s face. But you definitely know and have heard him! His career has spanned over a decade, and if you ever watched any cartoon in the past few years, especially recent incarnations of the Looney Tunes, you’ve heard his voice, since he is the soul behind all of your favorite Looney Tunes characters today. Additionally, Bauza is also the first person of Asian decent to ever voice Bugs Bunny. While he shares the role with Jeff Bergman in Space Jam: A New Legacy, he still does a multitude of voices in the film, including Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and Foghorn Leghorn. He’s also of Filipino decent, just like me, so Philippines Representin’, baby!
Iglesias, of course, is one of the most instantaneously recognizable comedians in the industry. And if you weren’t on the Fluffy train before, A.) where you been? and B.) the man will make you laugh within 10 seconds of meeting him! He’s hysterical, talented, and one of the biggest Latino names in pop culture today. In the film, Iglesias takes over the role of Speedy Gonzales, but don’t be surprised to know he can do almost all the other Looney Tunes voices as well!
So without further ado, check out what Bauza and Iglesias had to say about the legacy of the Looney Tunes and Space Jam: A New Legacy:
Space Jam: A New Legacy is now in theaters and HBO Max today!