Andrés Pajares had to work with Saura and Berlanga for some to discover the actor. Now it is easier to recognize his other trajectory, something that makes ‘Pajares & CIA’ (Atresplayer). The other one, that of Ozores, seems as interesting or more so than the ‘auteur’ cinema, because being commercial and lacking in intellectual pretensions, it better captures the reality of that time.
‘The energetic ones’, ‘What a joy of divorce’ or ‘The bingueros’ reflect well the political and cultural changes of the moment. Ozores was the absolute eye and ear and those films were not for the ‘intellectualoid’ but for the ‘average Spaniard’, the little Spaniard, which Pajares also personified in a very specific dimension, that of the worker, a worker free from paternalism
communists or officials.
The films had no subsidy and in his memoirs Pajares tells that when he wanted to set up a theater company with Esteso, the Ministry of Culture denied him.
His worker is the “horny and Spanish worker”, the funny and psychotic worker. ‘El Currante’ had been a character of his in the 70s, in a comic song (the other side of the singer-songwriter) that said: «The hard worker is the world of work, the one who suffers from the freeze, because raising his salary mass decreases purchasing power. As it is. It was also a film that began, of course, in an INEM office. Pajares there does what Landa does in ‘the neighbor on the fifth’, he pretends to be homosexual to gain a certain professional respectability. There is a visionary scene in which Arévalo, his boss, throws things at him, but Pajares acts worthy and wants papers:
—Well, let’s see what we do, because they don’t marry here.
—Not yet, but maybe with El Cambio…
Grace came to Pajares from his godfather. His father was a waiter in a bar, the Triana (by Sánchez Romero, the one with the hams), and many artists went there, among others none other than Don Antonio Quintero, the one with the coplas. «Andrés, if you have a child I will be the godfather». And the boy, Pajares, was sponsored by the great Master Quintero. Then, when he was starting out as a comedian, a lady approached him in Valencia and gave him a stamp of Saint Anthony. “Pray to him every Monday and you won’t miss work.” And she still has it in her bag.