On our first day in Barcelona (barely an hour after our arrival from Valencia!), we headed to the Crackovia studios which are located around 20 minutes from the city centre. If you follow Spanish football and/or this site, you’d probably have heard of the popular comedy show which everybody (trust us on this) there knows about .We were welcomed by the amazing folks at Minoria Absoluta – the production company which produces the show for you guys to watch on TV3 every week – and saw the set (believe us, the props are amazing!)
Pau Escribano, the director, as well as Jordi Rios (who plays the memorable Sergio Ramos, Puyol and Yoann Cruyff among other characters), Pep Plaza (Pep Guardiola, Ronaldo Lima) spoke to us along with Javi Jimenez (Camacho, Pellegrini etc) and David Olivares (Victor Valdes, Xavi Torres).
There’s a lot of preparation that goes into the show, from the make-up to the cast coordination. Jordi Rios (Sergio Ramos/Puyol) whose first love has always been comedy explained:
“The scripts are delivered to us sometimes the night before production day… or even a few hours before we’re due to wake up in the morning. The writers write over the events that (happen) during the weekend, they get sent to our e-mails and we’ll need to read them during make-up!”
And if you were wondering, Crackovia’s makeup alone can take up to three hours. The actors sometimes sleep while their fake noses and fat suits are put in place by the makeup artists. In fact, Jordi was peeling off his ‘Cruyff nose’ during this interview and expected, we found ourselves in stitches. Also, we couldn’t help but say “PIM PAM!” to Jordi’s amusement (“Yes, that’s Guti.. he’s gone!!”)
Pep Plaza (Pep Guardiola) revealed that they do get stopped on the streets of Barcelona by fans of the show. “People do recognise us here, and that’s really nice,” he said. Added Rios, who is good friends with Puyol in real life- the character he plays : “We don’t really get criticized for the things we do on the show because people don’t take it too seriously.”
We also spoke to the show’s director Pau Escribano (seen above on set) who did not expect the show to be so successful since its initiation in 2008. However, while it may seem like an incredibly fun working atmosphere, Crackovia’s work rate is pretty intense. Said Pau :
“We have a team of about 12 writers on the show, who plan and prepare scripts before and after certain events happen. We film our scenes on Friday and Monday. The final scripts are written based on the events happening during the weekend in between. Our writers learn to ‘predict’ certain events and we film initial scenes based on those first. On Monday, we film scenes based on parodies of the weekend’s matches or the news surrounding it. And the show goes ‘live’ on the very same day at 10pm… so it is a lot of work, and sometimes our scenes are not finalised until half an hour before broadcast!”
Interestingly, as most of the actors at his disposal are talented comedians and actors (such as Bruno Oro, who plays the infamous Cristiano Ronaldo on the show), casting them into their roles were easy. However, Pau admitted that “everyone could do Cruyff very well, so it was difficult choosing the person to play him.”
“I’ve seen that the show has been translated into many different languages, with subtitles done by fans from all over the world and I’m very impressed by all of that. I did not expect it to be such a success, so I’d like to thank them.” – Pau Escribano, Crackovia director.
In all, we had a blast meeting the guys of Crackòvia, and an even bigger honour for us that they know Fútbolita! Best of all, they were incredibly warm and friendly people who offered to help us in our Futbolita in Spain 2011 journey. You can’t get any better than that and we’ll continue to bring you guys our weekly Friday Crackovia Club!