HBO Max release the third installment in the saga starring Javier Cámara this November 28.
A lying liar, selfish, self-centered, self-serving, mediocre, and now, to top it all, he’s also corrupt. Juan Carrasco is the personification of all the evils of the political class, while series creator, Diego San José (‘Spanish Affair’, ‘Vaya semanita’), and the actor who breathes life into Carrasco, Javier Cámara (‘Truman’, ‘7 vidas’) successfully manage to present a character who’s far more pathetic than he is despicable, as his shortcomings, becoming more cringeworthy by the hour, are as human as they are familiar to us all. After a failed presidential race and setting up his own political party, in ‘Venga Juan’ and this third installment of the comedy produced by 100 Balas (The Mediapro Studio), our blundering leader finds himself immersed in a sordid tale of bribery and corruption and if you want to find out whether he manages to come out unscathed from his umpteenth screwup, then check out HBO Max on Sunday November 28.
At first it appears that lady luck is indeed smiling on Juan Carrasco after bagging a cushy number at a major power company, he’s trimmed down, acquired fresh locks from a transplant trip to Istanbul, of course, is sporting a striking tangerine tan and is now living in a mansion next to Chayanne (Carlos Baute). But his entire world begins to come crashing down around him after the authorities conduct a search at Logroño City Council offices. Macarena (María Pujalte) has started a new life away from Juan, but when she learns of the pending investigation, she quickly contacts him to ensure that hard drives are destroyed, and documents shredded in the nick of time. Víctor, played by Adam Jezierski and his faithful sidekick, even at the power company, is also on hand to lend a helping hand.
Joaquín Climent, Cristóbal Suárez, Yaël Belicha and Esty Quesada are back in what can be best described as the darkest season in the life of Juan Carrasco, joined for what looks to be Carrasco’s swan song by Manolo Solo (‘The Fury of a Patient Man’), Ramón Barea (‘Rosa’s Wedding’), and Eduardo Blanco (‘Son of the Bride’, ‘Kamikaze’), among others. That said, God only knows how often our Teflon don can rise from the ashes, even more so now that both Diego San José and Javier Cámara have reiterated their undying devotion to Juan’s character.
All very Carrasco-like
Our leading light in ‘Venga Juan’ not only showcases his genius in front of the camera, but this time even in the director’s chair as he takes the helm for the episode in which Juan Carrasco, in a desperate escape from prison, requests asylum at the Argentinian Embassy. Pilar Palomero (‘The Girls’) makes her writers’ room and directorial debut with Tom Fernández making a return to the production team, where Víctor García León, who also worked on the screenwriting, continues alongside Daniel Castro, Pablo Remón and Diego Soto.
So, if you’re crying out for more Juan Carrasco after watching the series, don’t worry, as our political behemoth can be found on Twitter, firing fast and furious at current goings on in society. A major kudos goes out to that community manager, because if the secret to avoid offending others is to shoot (everything) first and ask questions later, then practically nobody is safe, as long as you always remember to take a break from trenches and stop to have a good old laugh at our misfortunes.