Ricky Martin calls new Netflix Christmas movie Jingle Jangle "very powerful”

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Ricky Martin has explained why Netflix's upcoming Christmas movie Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is "very powerful".

The festive musical features a once joyous toymaker named Jeronicus Jangle – played by Forest Whitaker – who faces losing his business if he cannot come up with a great idea for his boss (Hugh Bonneville).

Jangle's former assistant (Keegan-Michael Key) makes an appearance to steal from him for a second time, after previously taking a toy named Don Juan Diego (played by Martin).

Photo credit: Steven Lawton/Getty Images
Photo credit: Steven Lawton/Getty Images

Journey (Madalen Mills), Jangle's granddaughter, is the only one who can heal old wounds and save the magic, with the help of a long-forgotten invention.

Martin has predicted that everyone will relate to the story, telling Variety's The Big Ticket podcast: "It's for kids, but my mother I'm sure is going to get teary eyes when she sees this movie. It's very powerful."

Speaking about how the musical puts a Black family at the centre of the story, he added: "This movie is historical.

Photo credit: Gareth Gatrell/NETFLIX
Photo credit: Gareth Gatrell/NETFLIX

Related: Netflix releases first look at new Christmas musical movie Jingle Jangle

"It wasn't supposed to be released five years ago. It was not supposed to be released 10 years ago. It was supposed to be released now, and historically we are supported.

"We are backed up, and this movie is going to be a success not only because of the messages and the acting and the music and the design but because we need it."

Martin also opened up about being the voice of the villainous Don Juan Diego and mentioned that his children helped him prepare for the role.

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

"This was a green light to be whoever you want to be and be vicious and Machiavellian and be mean," he said.

"I was running the lines in my house, and my kids would be like, 'That's not evil', and I would say, 'Because you're looking at me and I'm still your father.

"And they were like, 'Yes, but you need to try harder and to be meaner!'"

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey will be available on Netflix from November 13, 2020.

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