Cine Latino: Demián Bichir’s Road to Stardom and Oscar

06/02/2012 at 6:03 pm Leave a comment

Cine Latino covers, well, all things relating to Latino culture and the movies, every Friday.
The long-awaited Oscar nominations were finally announced Tuesday morning and while it was no surprise to have heavyweights like Brad Pitt (Moneyball) and George Clooney (The Descendants) nominated in the best actor category, it was the unfamiliar name of Demián Bichir (A Better Life) called out that left many wondering, who exactly is Bichir?
Some may recognize him as Fidel Castro in Steven Soderbergh’s Che, or as Esteban from the hit Showtime series Weeds and most recently as Carlos in Chris Weitz’s A Better Life. I grew up watching Bichir in Mexican soap operas. I was about 12 years old when he caught my eye in Lazos de Amor. He played a blind man, if I remember correctly, alongside Mexican co-star Lucero.
In A Better Life Bichir plays Carlos Galindo, an illegal immigrant who crosses the border into the U.S. in hopes of a better life for his wife and son. When his wife leaves him, Carlos’s goal is to provide for his son even though their relationship seems to be drifting apart. Trying to make ends meet, Carlos borrows money to buy a truck in order to start his own gardening business, but after a sudden turn of events he loses everything. With the help of his son they decide to take matters into their own hands and together embark in a journey that ultimately leads them to realize that family is the most important part of the American dream.
“I met Chris about a year before filming, and just by listening to the way he talked about it and by sharing the same feelings he had about the subjects and the story, I immediately felt connected to him,” said Bichir while promoting the film. “When I finally got the script, I was impressed by its realism, the way it approached the people we mostly don’t know anything about. Your cooks, your gardeners, your maids and your valet parking people; what I liked about it was its human approach to their lives.”
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Source: By Elisa Osegueda for

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