Paulo Gustavo, Comedian Who Lampooned Brazilian Moms, Dies at 42
Condolence statements got here in a torrent, together with one from President Jair Bolsonaro, who has performed down the specter of Covid-19 and disparaged homosexual individuals. “His expertise and charisma earned the love of all Brazilians,” Mr. Bolsonaro wrote.
Mr. de Barros is survived by his husband, Thales Bretas, a dermatologist whom he married in 2015. He’s additionally survived by his mother and father, Déa Lúcia Vieira Amaral, a retired schoolteacher, and Júlio Márcio Monteiro de Barros; and by two kids, Gael and Romeu, each one yr previous, born to surrogate moms in america.
Mr. de Barros was born in Niterói on Oct. 30, 1978. After finding out performing at Casa das Artes de Laranjeiras in Rio de Janeiro, he made his debut as Dona Hermínia in a play he wrote, “My Mom Is a Character.” It was a success, drawing greater than 100,000 theatergoers in 2006 and 2007.
Within the play, and within the movie adaptation, which he produced and wrote, Dona Hermínia, an overbearing mom whose husband abandons her for a youthful lady, leaves house abruptly, leaving her kids perplexed. She seeks refuge at the house of a beloved aunt, with whom she shares her sorrows and frustrations.
The film was additionally a success, and was adopted by two sequels.
Late final yr, throughout certainly one of his closing tv appearances, Mr. de Barros urged Brazilians to care for themselves throughout the pandemic and to search out solace within the arts.
“Laughter is an act of resistance,” he mentioned. “We’re needing these annoying masks now to guard our face from this virus, and sadly these masks cover one thing very treasured for us Brazilians: our smile.”
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