remember seven interesting facts about the life and career of the eternal bumbler

Winner of six Kikitos at this year’s Gramado Festival, including best film, actor (Ailton Graça), supporting actor (Yuri Marçal) and supporting actress (Neusa Borges), the feature film ‘Mussum, o filmis’ premiered last Thursday (2) on the national circuit. After being shown at the Rio Festival, the film directed by Silvio Guindane had a special preview last month, at the Mangueira courtschool of heart for the musician and comedian, who died in 1994, aged 53.

Thawan Lucas Bandeira, Yuri Marcal and Ailton Graca, stars of "Musmus, oh films" — Photo: Leo Martins / Agencia O Globo
Thawan Lucas Bandeira, Yuri Marcal and Ailton Graca, stars of “Mussum, o filmis” — Photo: Leo Martins / Agencia O Globo

In the biopic, Antônio Carlos Bernardes Gomes — who, before becoming Mussum, was known as Carlinhos do Reco-reco, in the group Os Originais do Samba — is played by three different actors: Thawan Lucas Bandeira (childhood), Yuri Marçal (youth ) and Ailton Graça (adulthood). Before the feature film, the singer and comedian was already the subject of a book (the biography “Mussum forévis”, by Juliano Barreto) and the documentary “Mussum: Um film do cacildis”, directed by Susanna Lira. Remember seven interesting facts about the eternal bumbler, who remains alive in the memory of different generations, even almost 30 years after his death.

Name origin: Antônio Carlos became Mussum through the mouth of Grande Othello, who compared the comedian to the muçum fish, marked by its black color and long, smooth shape. The nickname would have appeared in a moment of disagreement. Uncomfortable with Antônio Carlos’ expansive side and his tomboyish manner during recording, Othello reportedly asked: “What are you laughing at? You Muslim!”

‘Kid Mumu da Mangueira’: Born and raised in Morro da Cachoeirinha, in Complexo do Lins, Mussum’s relationship with the hill in Rio’s North Zone came about through his teenage friend Nilton. They both lived in São Francisco Xavier, but the future comedian didn’t like moving up the community. Over time, he became such a popular figure in the place that he came to be called Carlinhos da Mangueira, and later became director of the school’s Bahian wing.

Reco-reco: Successful in the group Os Originalis do Samba, Mussum has always had a passion for music. His friend and partner from Mangueira Alcione considered him the best reco-reco player in the world. With the group, which was initially called Os Sete Modernos, the artist released 13 albums in the 1960s and 1970s.

The Originals of Samba in 1971: Mussum, in the center, with the reco-reco — Photo: Antonio Nery / Agência O Globo
The Originals of Samba in 1971: Mussum, in the center, with the reco-reco — Photo: Antonio Nery / Agência O Globo

Me: In the documentary “Mussum: Um film do cacildis”, friend Nilton remembered that the two had the habit of taking bottles of cachaça from the boxes left at the crossroads to drink. And at that time he already used to call the drink that, saying: ‘Compadre, I’m going to have a drink me‘.

Solo career: Despite not being able to combine Os Originalis do Samba with Os Trapalhões, Mussum did not abandon his musical career and continued with solo projects, such as the LP “Mussum”, from 1980, in which he teamed up with names from Cacique de Ramos. He recorded with artists such as Zeca Pagodinho and Arlindo Cruz in his first professional steps.

‘Particularis’ way came from Chico Anysio: Mussum’s peculiar and unforgettable way of speaking may have been immortalized in Trapalhões, but it appeared in other television work. A member of “Professor Raimundo’s School”, Mussum received the instruction from Chico Anysio to put “is” at the end of his words. Then came the “forévis”, the “cacildis”, the “biritis” and much more.

Military past: Before dedicating himself to samba and humor, Mussum had a very different past than what fans could imagine, given his playful way: at the age of 18, he served in the Air Force, in the Third Regional Air Command, at the Santos Dumont Air Base. Even reaching the position of corporal in the corporation, it was during his military service that he learned to play the drums.

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