Hollywood needs Latino actors: Mexico’s Bichir
X Your Kinja blog will upgrade to our latest design on October 18 at 6AM EDT. Hollywood’s Least Liked Exec List: A Who’s Who Of Hollywood No Names Being disliked in Hollywood isn’t too hard, but usually you have to at least be universally known in order to be universally hated. Apparently not anymore. Hollywood Temp Diaries just released their 5th annual ” Brown List “a roundup of Hollywood’s least liked execs (paired with a list of most-liked execs, but really, who cares about that?). It used to strike fear (or maybe pride) into upper-level executive hearts. Now just reads like a list of nobodies. This year’s top hated executive was Andrea Simon, a manager with no famous clientele who once produced a Lifetime TV movie in 2007. The next two slots went to a creative ad exec and a part-time consultant at Fox. The only high profile executive on the entire list was seventh-ranked Paul Lee, president of ABC’s Entertainment Group. The remainder of the top 10 were managers, agents and producers from boutique firms, as well as a CAA human resources exec. While Simon did garner 830 votes, it’s unclear how much (or well, how little) her fledgling business will really be affected by this. In its inaugural 2009 tally , the Brown List counted Harvey Weinstein, Scott Rudin, NBC Pres Ben Silverman, and WME’s Ari Emanuel among its list of high ranking execs.
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Bichir has a role in his movie alongside US star Eva Longoria, his father Alejandro and his Canadian girlfriend Stefanie Sherk. The film, he said, is being made “with much more heart than money.” “Part of what we want to do with ‘Refugio’ is to open a breach in order to continue telling more stories, to win some sort of credibility and be able to put different studios and actors on the table,” said the actor. Hollywood Latino power Bichir, who played Fidel Castro in Steven Soderbergh’s “Che” saga and had a role in Oliver Stone’s Mexican drug cartel film “Savages,” divides his time between Los Angeles and Mexico City. “I think that we Latino actors in Hollywood are very much needed but it will be more interesting when we generate our own projects,” he said. Actor Demian Bichir attends the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s 2013 Installation Luncheon at He said the growing clout of Hispanic actors in Tinseltown has nothing to do with “the Hollywood dream.” “It has more to do with an adventurous spirit. For me, opening a path to the United States was hard work and I am where I am thanks to hard work, not talent,” he said. But the prizes he won at the Screen Actors Guild ceremony and Independent Spirit Award for his performance in a “A Better Life” tell a different story. He now stars in the new FX series “The Bridge” as a Mexican detective based in the drug violence-torn border city of Ciudad Juarez who teams up with a US homicide cop, played by Diane Kruger. Mexico’s drug violence “The big, stressful problem in Mexico right now is violence,” Bichir said. More than 70,000 people have died amid bloody turf battles between drug cartels in Mexico since 2006, with more than 10,000 of those deaths in Ciudad Juarez alone. The surge in violence coincided with the deployment of troops by then president Felipe Calderon, who sent 50,000 soldiers to the streets to crack down on gangs after taking office in December 2006. “The problems is this stupid war that was started by the former president, who now gives classes at Harvard,” he said, referring to the academic job that Calderon was given by the US elite university after he left office in December 2012. “Imagine, such wonderful prestige for this institution,” he said with sarcasm. Bichir also had harsh words for the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto, whose electoral victory last year marked the return of the old ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) after a 12-year absence from the presidency. The PRI, which ruled Mexico for 71 years non-stop until 2000, “will do everything to keep the power they lost,” he said.
The school works to prevent students from dropping out through visual and performing arts. Early last year, Jonathan Mayorga threw a punch that changed the course of his life. It happened during soccer practice at his charter school, Bright Star. Mayorga, 14, said he stopped to geta drink of water when astudent gave him a shove and tried to hit him. As it had many times before, rage flowed through him Mayorga is no stranger to schoolyard fights and he swung a fist. “He went to the floor and I remember he got up, he was crying, he was bleeding,” Mayorga said. “He was just like pure blood.” After the punch, he said, came handcuffs and a trip to the police station. The next day when he tried to go back toschool, the principal told him he was kicked out. Students like Mayorga troubled youth who failed out or were kicked out of traditional schools are funneled into “alternative” schools. In Los Angeles County alone there are more than 100. Some focus on job skills, some on dealing with teen pregnancy. Few focus on the arts. Mayorga ended up at Hollywood Media Arts Academy . Many of the school’s small student body of 50 students areteen parents, drug users or facing problems with the juvenile justice system.