Guillermo Francella recounted his meeting with Fidel Castro: “He told me the best phrase I’ve heard for years”

Guillermo Francella and Fidel Castro had an intimate meeting in Havana, in 2003
Guillermo Francella and Fidel Castro had an intimate meeting in Havana, in 2003

This week William Francella visited Miguel Granados in the first program of the third season of Play room (ESPN3). There and before the questions of the son of Pablo Granados, the protagonist of Hail He told hilarious anecdotes that he lived throughout his career. Thus, the actor focused on the moment in which he met Fidel Castroduring a visit he made to Havana, the Cuban capital.

Who moved you the floor to know?” Granados wanted to know after Guillermo recalled a funny meeting with Diego Armando Maradona. “It was very strong when I saw Fidel Castro. In 2003 I went to Cuba because I put Francellathe cycle of humor that I did in 2001-2002 worked very well throughout Latin America and especially in Havana”, began the humorist.

“I remember that before traveling everyone told me: ‘Look, you’re not going to be able to walk, huh’ and I had to go to the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana. I went with Adrián Suar and Luis Scalella… And said and done, when I arrived I realized that he was like a Head of StateWilliam recalled. Thus, Francella recalled that she was staying as a guest at the Hotel Nacional, which is considered the most luxurious building in the Cuban capital. Arriving at the airport, she said that there was a large delegation waiting especially for him. “It was very, very, very strong”, described his feelings today, still surprised by the warm reception.

Guillermo Francella told Migue Granados how his meeting with Fidel Castro was
Guillermo Francella told Migue Granados how his meeting with Fidel Castro was

“I went from Saturday to Saturday and they always told me: ‘El Comandante wants to see you’ but they never came to look for me,’” Francella said. “The Commander saw Poné a Francella?” Migue wanted to know, who couldn’t believe what he was hearing from his guest. “In the morning he woke up with the VHS to see Poné a Francella and he had a lot of fun”, Guillermo said and that was the foot to remember, finally, how his long-awaited meeting with Castro was.

“It was unforgettable. They came for me because it was the last day, I already had my bag half packed and I was in the hotel pool. I see a fajina guy come in and I say: ‘What happened?’ They approach me and tell me: ‘Mr. Francella, the Commander wants to see you.’ I took a quick shower and told them ‘Look, the plane leaves…’. ‘Don’t worry, it doesn’t come out’, they told me”, recalled Francella with his characteristic humor.

“I saw it and it was very strong. He told me the best phrase I’ve heard for years and it moved me a lot: ‘Are you aware of what it means to make a people happy? you make my people happy‘. It was an unforgettable thing. I was like an hour and a bit with him, ”said the comedian.

Francella recalled that the meeting with the Cuban president was at 6 in the afternoon and that Fidel asked him what he wanted to drink. To which the Argentine replied: “I don’t know, a soda.” “Are you a teetotaler?” the Cuban asked him. “No, Commander, but it’s sixWilliam returned. So, Castro suggested having a mojito. “He brought me a lantern with a rum… I drank three, that’s how I was, with my teeth out”, he recalled to the laughter of Granados.

Guillermo Francella is the protagonist of "Hail"audience success on Netflix
Guillermo Francella is the protagonist of “Granizo”, success in terms of audience on Netflix

Guillermo also said that the Cuban gave him a box of Cohiba Lanceros cigars, considered the best in the world. And also, an “extraordinary, delicious” rum, he described. “It was a talk alone in which he asked me many things and about my family. There was no talk of politics, little or nothing”, Francella closed.

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Guillermo Francella recounted his meeting with Fidel Castro: “He told me the best phrase I’ve heard for years”