An actual Jamaican actor who was born in the country will play a Jamaican in a film, eliminating the need for a fake Jamaican accent to indicate the actor’s origin. In the popular Netflix series “Wedding Season”, Damian Thompson, who will play the role of “James”, was raised in Miami, Florida, but was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He used to be the family comedian when he was younger, entertaining the family by dancing at gatherings and quoting TV shows.
Thompson received speech training to decrease her accent after her family emigrated from Jamaica to the United States when she was nine years old, but she soon began to stutter constantly. His seventh-grade teacher, Charlette Seward, saw him deliver Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech without a stutter and urged him to pursue the middle school performing arts magnet program. Thompson auditioned for and got the role because he believed it would help him control his stutter. He fell in love with acting and has since pursued a career in acting, receiving a BFA in acting from the University of Evansville and an MFA in classical acting from the University of Delaware Professional Theater Training Program. In Portland, Oregon, Thompson won the 2012 “Best Actor” award. In the short film “Black?” which is about what society thinks it means to be black, he wrote it and played the lead. Thompson resides in New York City at this time.
In the Netflix romantic comedy “Wedding Season,” two people are forced to date by their parents, so they pretend to date to please everyone during the summer wedding season. They naturally fall in love and strive to strike a balance between their own personalities and what their parents want them to be. Produced by Ron Howard, Swati Shetty and Brian Grazer, it was directed by Tom Dey.
Pallavi Sharda of “Tom and Jerry” plays the female lead in the drama as “Asha,” and Suraj Sharma, who appeared in the movie “Life of Pi,” plays the male lead in the show as “Ravi.” Along with Sharma, Sharda and Thompson, other actors appearing in the film include Rizwan Manji as Vijay, Veena Sood as Suneeta, Arianna Afsar as Priya, Manoj Sood as Dinesh, Sean Kleier as Nick, Subhash Santosh as Darshit, Julius Cho as Yoshi, Sonia Dhillon Tully as Veena, Ruth Goodwin as Tina, Rakhee Mor.
After only four days on the market, “Wedding Season” ranked No. 4 worldwide for the week of August 1 to 7, 2022. 18.6 million hours were spent watching it.