Salma Hayak patted Harish Patel on the back congratulating him on the eternals

Eternals actor Harish Patel reveals meeting Salma Hayek on set for the first time (Photo credit: Getty Image; Wikipedia)

Senior actor Harish Patel has been making headlines since he was first seen by fans in the first look at Eternals that was released in May of this year. The film stars great Hollywood characters like Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek at the helm. Patel has now opened the process through which he bagged the film.

The Hollywood banner Marvel Studios released a trailer for all of their upcoming movies in May of this year. The video also included a preview of Eternals, which is directed by Chloe Zhao. Patel was seen alongside Kumail Nanjiani in one of the scenes from the film’s footage.

During a conversation with Pinkvilla, Harish Patel said: “As a first step, the casting directors of that production house do all their homework on the role, after which they select the actors for that role. Once this is done, they contact the agency and that actor’s manager. Casting directors from India listen to what I tell you. They give all the details of the project, the role and sometimes they even share the script. Now Marvel is very secretive about its script, so it is a completely different matter, but other details like who is the director, the producer, where the shooting will take place, all these details are given that an actor should know. “

Patel further revealed, “So at the time I was given this role (in Eternals), my character’s name wasn’t Karun, it was something else that I don’t remember right now. So three months after I auditioned and they were due to start filming in September, on August 28 or 29 my manager sent me a message saying that I will have to go to London for the final audition, and the mail I had. Received asked if he could fly the next day. I said it doesn’t happen that way as I will have to apply for the artist visa only after which I can enter the country and audition. “

Harish Patel then fortunately received the visa in a few days and then went to London where he auditioned. He also revealed how he met Salma Hayek. The lead actor said, “When I got there in the morning, they took me straight to Pinewood Studios, where they were about to start filming on the 12th. I auditioned there, we all hugged and then I went to my hotel. As I had just arrived in the lobby and was on my way to my car, an assistant principal came up to me and asked if I could join them for a table reading. I told him I was hungry so he said all arrangements are made upstairs. So I went there and grabbed my plate and just as I was being served someone patted me on the back and greeted me. I found that voice very sweet, so when I turned to see who it was, it was Salma Hayek. She said to me, ‘Congratulations, you’re playing the role of Karun.’

Patel also revealed that at the time he did not know who Salma Hayek was.

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