A real mariachi ‘Get Lucky’ bash

If that final wedding party scene in HBO Max’s “Father of the Bride” looks like an epic all-night bash, that’s because it really was.

With a mariachi and a salsa band combining forces and cultures for a jamming version of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” the dancing cast truly was, as the song says, “up all night ’til the sun.”

“That wedding scene, we shot it till seven in the morning,” says Gloria Estefan, who plays the wife of Andy Garcia’s “Father of the Bride” in the movie (now streaming). “It was like we really were at a wedding dancing and having so much fun. That really comes through.”

Director Gary Alazraki says he probably could have stopped filming the raucous dance at the wedding union of the movie’s Cuban and Mexican families earlier. But the celebrating cast, including Garcia, Estefan and the screen’s just-married couple (Adria Arjona and Diego Boneta) kept demanding more live music.

“We ended up playing it again and again because the actors kept asking for another song,” says Alazraki. “The line producer was losing it, saying that the neighbors are never going to have us back. But we played it until the mariachi and conga players almost passed out.”

Gary Alazraki, director of HBO Max's "Father of the Bride." Alazraki says he probably could have stopped filming the raucous dance at the wedding union of the movie's Cuban and Mexican families earlier, but the celebrating cast kept demanding more live music.

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The idea for the unchained dance ending arose during a birthday party for cast member Enrique Murciano during filming.

“All of us were dancing late into the night,” says Alazraki. “The next day, (producer) Jeremy Kleiner said that spirit has to be in the ending. That infectious joy he was feeling at the party.”

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