Cinco de Cinema - Latino Actors in Hollywood
There have always been Latino actors in Hollywood, but the current contingent is smashing the role barriers.
Strength: A high I.Q. smolder
Standout Performance: Gen, Tomas Arroyo in Old Gringo. As one of Pancho Villa's men, he more than holds his own opposite Jane Fonda and Gregory Peck
Key Credits: Running Scared, The Believers, TV's "L.A. Law"
Upcoming: The "John-Houseman-in-The-Paper-Chase-role" in Vital Signs
Quote: "There are many wonderful Latino stories to be told, but I don't want to get pigeonholed into playing Latinos for the rest of my life."
Strength: Everyman charm that sneaks up on you
Standout Performance: In his first movie, Crossover Dreams, he played a salsa musician who abandons his roots when he has a crossover hit
Key Credits: Fatal Beauty, The Milagro Beanfield War, HBO's "Dead Man Out"
Upcoming: Plays a '40s Jewish mobster in Jack Nicholson's The Two Jakes
Quote: "I'm sure somebody must have said, Jack, there art a lot of Jews in Hollywood that need a job, why are you going to a Panamanian?' "
EDWARD JAMES OLMOS
Strengths: A genuine presence that projects omniscience and moral authority
Standout Performance: His Oscar-nominated turn as inspirational schoolteacher Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver
Key Credits: Zoot Suit, Wolfen, Blade Runner, The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, TV's 'Miami Vice"
Upcoming: Triumph of the Spirit
Quote: "If Latin American actors are working, it's got an economic basis. We spend more on entertainment per capita 5 to 1 than Anglos, and we drink 2 1/2 beers to every one of theirs."
Strength: Sex appeal whether he's playing sexy or not
Standout Performance: Playing Ritchie Valens's troubled older brother in La Bamba, instead of the rock star part he was originally (and predictably) cast in
Key Credit: Bad Boys
Upcoming: Naked Tango, Bloodhounds of Broadway
Quote: "I want to be an actor. Period. They don't call Robert De Niro and Al Pacino famous Italian actors."
Strength: Doesn't have to say a word to hold the camera
**Standout Performance: **Angel Maldonado, part menacingly cool, pan murderously hysterical drug kingpin in 8 Million Ways to Die
Key Credits: The Mean Season, The Untouchables, Stand and Deliver, Black Rain
Upcoming: Internal Affairs, Show of Force
Quote: "I don't negate that I'm Spanish, but I'm not a Spanish actor. No one asks Dustan Hoffman, 'How do you feel representing the Jewish community in Hollywood?' "