Hollywood Spaniards, Puerto Ricans plan ‘ultimate’ Chicano film

by CISCO YBERRA on May 15, 2012 in Cultura, Pocho Ñews Service


(PNS reporting from HOLLYWOOD) Following the warm reception to the upcoming César Chávez biopic, producers in Hollywood have mounted an international effort to produce the “most extensive Chicano film in history.”

The production not only features an all-star cast from the United States and Latin America but also includes both factual and fictitious events in Chicano history.

“The idea is to jam pack as much history, culture and entertainment into two hours of film so that young Chicanos don’t have to read any books to learn about who they are,” said  the project’s director, Pedro Almodóvar.

“In fact, if possible we are going to try to make the two hours into an hour-and-a-half, because our target audience has no attention span.”

The film — Mi Familia Bound By Honor For Glory —   begins when Hernán Cortés lands in the New World, follows the history of Latin America through colonialism, revolution, “Love in the Time of Cholera,” “Like Water for Chocolate,” “Destilando Amor,”  through the Great Depression, World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, the Raiders moving back to Oakland and to the current struggles of today’s Latinos — like bad cell phone reception.

“I feel like this project is important not only to me, and the rest of the cast, for professional and personal reasons. It’s the first time that we — are a bunch of people who are not Mexican-American but capitalize on pretending to be — have the chance to tell the authentic Mexican-American story,” said Cuban-American actress Eva Mendes, who is starring in the film as United Farm Worker co-founder Dolores Huerta. (She beat out Rosario Dawson for the role.)

The film’s other iconic roles:

  • Levy as Hernán Cortés
  • Wilmer Valderrama as Moctezuma
  • JLo as the Virgen de Guadalupe
  • Javier Bardem or Antonio Banderas as Simón Bolívar
  • Freddy Prinze Jr. as Emiliano Zapata
  • Lou Diamond Phillips as Ché Guevara
  • Don Francisco and Jimmy Smits as the Flores Magón brothers
  • John Leguizamo as César Chávez
  • Carlos Mencia as Bill Richardson
  • Elton John as Governor Jan Brewer
  • Shakira as Sonia Sotomayor and
  • Esai Morales as himself.

“I’m honored to be playing such an important figure in Chicano history,” said Diamond Phillips. “Without Guevara, Chicano protest wear would have never been the same. Plus, it’s great to have a paycheck, myself and many of the other cast members haven’t had a decent gig since the early 90s.”

Mi Familia Bound By Honor For Glory is set for release in the fall of 2014, with a simultaneous DVD release at the Pico Rivera Swap Meet.

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Jennifer Longoria Mendez May 17, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Bitterness is so unattractive. I would think you would be worried about frown lines….

dyana ortelli May 22, 2012 at 12:57 AM

Who’s the bitter one? This is HILARIOUS! Hysterical! And you gotta love Esai Morales for having a sense of humor!

Esai Morales May 19, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Funny stuff, fellas. But I went in to read for the part of myself and never got a call back.

Dyana ortelli December 9, 2013 at 1:31 AM

Esai Morales — you DID get a call-back!! But they want you to play Lou Diamond Phillips!!

YayaOzoHead May 19, 2012 at 11:16 PM

You failed to mention that Pitbull will collaborate with Snoop Dogg on the soundtrack, and the guest appearance by Chad Ocho Cinco as CA Governor Pio Pico.

ohmyohmy February 3, 2013 at 2:38 AM

Re: “said Cuban-American actress Eva Mendes, who is starring in the film as United Farm Worker co-founder Dolores Huerta. (She beat out Rosario Dawson for the role.)”

The Rosario Dawson line was supposed to be a joke, but Hollywood actually cast her as Dolores Huerta. That has to be the worst casting decision of all time. They’re trying to distort our history. I will never see that movie and neither will my children.

Elena Corral February 24, 2013 at 3:58 PM

¡Ay dios mio!

chachasandovalmcmahon July 12, 2013 at 10:49 AM

So if she gets to “pretend “, she’s Mexican, what does that make me that I am ? Who cast this film? Are they off their meds or what ? Can you just think about Mendes in the field in her Victoria secert underwear, dawned with see throught dress to match ( which they will be selling next season ) just like all the other Mexican female farm workers picking stawberries with their baskets, in 108 degree weather in Bakersfield, as she brakes a nail : ” Aye Conjo”…. I mean cingow… I dthink I jam going to fight for
junions wages…. less marsch ! “….

Chicanosnotneedaply August 18, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Pitbull could do the Jose Alfredo Jimenez life story. Marc Anthony would do a mean Vicente Fernandez, and Cameron Diaz could star as Lola Beltran.

Yosoyyo October 7, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Isn’t it ironic that mexican-americans are whining about exactly the same things White do. Why is a member of a MINORITY on MY shows? Because, going by what I’ve read and what I see daily in Spanish TV, mexicans get the lionshare of coverage, to the point where Anglos call ALL of us Mexicans, regardless of which of the other 18 countries or so we come from. Haven’t anyone else noticed how Mexicans want everything that happens in the media to be only about them! OTM Latinos need not apply! I remember George Lopez been pissed at JLo for playing Selena, never mind that it was Selena’s OWN father who chose her! But still, not Mexican, so how dared she? Sad that oppression and under-representation of minorities by the majority is still alive and well; much more in the Latino community itself than in the country as a whole. Is it low self-esteem, Chicanos? I’m Boricua, but I don’t have a problem with Colombian Shakira playing puertorican Sotomayor, if that’s even true! Like I said, ironic. Get over yourselves, you’re not special!

chavito October 9, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Nobody said we were special and this article is tongue & cheek. Get over yourself. But i will say this. if you’re comparing selena to one of the most important Chicanos, if not the most important, who ever lived. Then, you have no clue. Silencio.

Dyana ortelli December 9, 2013 at 1:38 AM

You’re right angry Yosoyyo! The only thing “special” zbout Mexicans is that we’re 65.5 of the Us Latino population, while Ricans Are 9% so maybe la Chilindrina should play make a Sonia Sotomayor!! 😛

Michelle November 10, 2013 at 8:30 AM

I never thought there was a problem with Jennifer Lopez playing “Selena” as a Mexican, but I did see on tv where she did make a comment that wasn’t cool. She stated that, she could act a better Mexican than a real Mexican could. Great that she is secure, but c’mon let’s not toot our own horn so loud and bold! Waiting on the day that Lenny Kravitz could boast about playing a better role of a Puerto Rican than an actual Puerto Rican could… Lol -whateva!

Michelle November 10, 2013 at 8:45 AM

In fact, when is Jennifer Lopez, Eva Mendez, and Salma Hyek going to star in the next ” Mi Vidal Loca” movie? Do they ever go beyond Mc Donald’s VS. Burger King? C’mon… Not even upgrade them to El Pollo Loco?? LMAO!!!

Dyana ortelli December 9, 2013 at 1:17 AM

This has to be my favorite Pocho write-up ever!! Seriously, I can’t wait to see the Cesar Chavez Biopic and count how many Mexicans DIDN’T get cast in the film!! Ay, Dios Mio! LOL!!

Herrumbroso Filero December 9, 2013 at 12:20 PM

I’m trying to confirm a rumor that there’s going to be a revisioning of Julia and Me for the “Latino” market ….I think that it is going to be called ‘Buñuelos Fresas’ starring Cameron Diaz as Julia (senior), Daisy Maria Martinez as Julia (junior) she beat Marcela Valladolid for the part and in a new ‘twist’ Milly Cyrus will play Anita Lo the proprietress of Annisa.

frank February 12, 2014 at 7:38 AM

As Mexican American I must say that Yosoyyo has a point. An incorrect one but a point non-the-less. I have never noticed nor seen Mexican Americans cry about wanting all the attention. But, yes, the white man or should I say the mainstream entertainment industry always want to put us Mexicanos up there by utilizing other minorities other than Mexican Americans. I have noticed and seen Mexican Americans voice their opinion as to why Mexican Americans are not being used to portray Mexican Americans. Most of all the good movies about latinos are about something other than Mexican Americans, but when a good movie about us most of the actors/actresses are not Mexican Americans. As the majority of the minority we should be able to cast our own gente in a movie about our gente. But our own gente with those connections won’t do it. They forget who they are and where they came from.

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