Kumail Nanjiani in the driver’s seat with ‘Stuber’
May 4, 2019 Mark Olsen
Dave Bautista as Vic and Kumail Nanjiani as Stu in 'Stuber.' (Mark Hill)
With his first leading role in a studio movie, Kumail Nanjiani is taking a
new step forward in his career. Except he had to think hard about whether it
felt too much like where he had been before.
In “Stuber,” Nanjiani plays a man named Stu who works in a sporting goods
store and moonlights as an Uber driver. (Hence the nickname “Stuber,” which
his jerk of a boss calls him.) When he picks up Vic (Dave Bautista), a
police detective who just had corrective eye surgery, Stu suddenly finds
himself drawn into far more than a typical fare. Soon the two are tracking
murderers and drug dealers together, involved in shootouts and car chases,
all in a sensible electric car.
The last time Nanjiani starred in a major summer release, he also played an
Uber driver. “The Big Sick,” the 2017 film in which he starred and which was
based on the origins of his real-life relationship with his wife, Emily V.
Gordon, became a crossover success when Amazon expanded it from a limited to
a wide theatrical release. It also landed Gordon and Nanjiani an original
screenplay Oscar nomination.
The unusual scenario of double dipping into rideshare driver roles is not
lost on Nanjiani.
“I am only going to do movies where I’m an Uber driver,” Nanjiani joked.
“And someone else is in some medical peril or has had a medical procedure
done. I’m going to do a trilogy, then I’m going to do a prequel to the
trilogy. I’m going to do a sequel trilogy. There’s going to be spinoffs.”
Nanjiani noted that during the real-life events that formed the basis for
“The Big Sick” he had an office job, but turning his cinematic alter ego
into an Uber driver covered some logistical and character concerns more
Regarding “Stuber,” Nanjiani said, “You know, I really wanted to do this
movie, and that was something I thought a lot about. In ‘Big Sick,’ he’s an
Uber driver, but it’s not really integral to the story. Whereas in ‘Stuber,’
that is pretty tied in to the story.”
The odd couple pairing between wrestler-turned-actor Bautista and Nanjiani
makes for a simple visual gag when they are seen next to each other, but
their deepening on-screen relationship takes on an emotional resonance. The
two have struck up a seemingly genuine friendship off-screen as well, with
Nanjiani attending Bautista’s recent return to the wrestling ring during
“We met for the first time for our chemistry test for ‘Stuber,’ and we
clicked right off the bat,” said Bautista in a separate interview. “We spent
hours and hours and hours in a Nissan Leaf, like every day. So it’s what we
had to do — get to know each other. The person I got to know, it’s a person
I love, where he comes from and what he’s done and the way he looks at life.
He’s just got such a good soul, man.”
Starring in his first studio film after being nominated for a writing Oscar
was perhaps less of a jarring transition than one might assume. Nanjiani was
complimentary toward “Stuber” screenwriter Tripper Clancy and director
Michael Dowse as he described how he separated those two sides of his
“Honestly, being an actor makes me a better writer and being a writer makes
me a better actor,” said Nanjiani. “I think they all sort of feed into each
As Dowse added regarding Nanjiani: “I loved having a guy who is also a
writer because you’re just adding so much more. He came in with fresh ideas
and sort of fleshing out some themes that were in the script but not quite
bubbling up yet. The more guys you have like that on your team, the better.”
After the release of “Stuber,” Nanjiani will remain busy. He will voice
characters in this summer’s “Men In Black: International” and the upcoming
“The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle” and is reportedly in talks to join Chloe
Zhao’s Marvel movie “The Eternals” alongside Angelina Jolie. Nanjiani and
Gordon are also executive producers on the anthology series “Little America”
Jokes aside, Nanjiani has a new goal: “I think I shouldn’t play an Uber
driver for at least a couple years now.”
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Stuber (2019 movie) 1h 45min | Action, Comedy | Release Date: July 12 2019
(USA) A detective recruits his Uber driver into an unexpected night of
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