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Jennifer Coolidge and Cheech Marin on the Campiness of Shotgun Wedding

Jennifer Coolidge in Shoutgun Wedding

The cast of Shotgun Wedding tells Advocate Today about the movie's over-the-top humor, plus Jennifer Coolidge and D'Arcy Carden share their reactions to being dubbed LGBTQ+ icons.

Jennifer Coolidge and D'Arcy Carden are showcasing their LGBTQ+ icon status once again, this time alongside legendary comedian Cheech Marin in Prime Video's upcoming comedy, Shotgun Wedding.

Shotgun Wedding follows Darcy (Jennifer Lopez) and Tom (Josh Duhamel) who invite their families to a remote tropical island for a destination wedding. Before they can tackle their in-law's infighting, the ceremony is taken hostage by gunmen, who threaten to kill their families before they can kill each other.

Cast of Shotgun Wedding | Advocate Today

Steve Coulter, who plays Larry, believes that many modern families may be able to see themselves represented in Darcy and Tom's relatives.

"These are good people trying really hard. They're just really flawed," he tells Tracy E. Gilchrist of Advocate Today. "And I think that's one of the things that's fun about for an audience is like, oh, they might recognize themselves."

Though there wasn't any fighting amongst the cast, as renowned comic Cheech Marin, who plays Robert, shares that the movie's crew actually lived together on the island during filming, at a time when they were isolated from their own relatives due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"We all lived together. All the actors lived together in the same place," Marin explains. "And we ate dinners together and movies and did everything together every day. So really before we even shot one frame, that really kind of informed our relationship."

Narratives about familial support usually attract LGBTQ+ audiences, and with two queer icons such as D'Arcy Carden and Jennifer Coolidge in the cast, Shotgun Wedding teases a similar yet touching tale.

While neither Carden nor Coolidge were expecting to earn their icon status, both are honored by the title.

"The honor is mine," Carden says. "Like, I don't I don't really know how to even put it into words. ... The love that I'm getting can put tears in my eyes. It's a very special community to me."

As for why Coolidge received the unofficial title, she isn't entirely sure, but takes pride in it nonetheless.

"I'm someone who tries very hard to get things right," Coolidge says, adding, "There's nothing slick about me. I don't feel unattainable. ... Maybe people like that I'm not, you know, even close to perfect."

Shotgun Wedding is available to stream January 27th on Prime Video. For more interviews like these, watch Advocate Today on The Advocate Channel.

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