John Leguizamo: Al Pacino Taking part in Puerto Rican on Carlitos Approach Was Odd

For John Leguizamo, 1993 was a breakthrough yr due to back-to-back releases “Tremendous Mario Bros.” and “Carlito’s Approach.” Within the latter Brian De Palma-directed movie, the actor starred because the up-and-coming gangster Benny Blanco reverse Al Pacino as Carlito Brigante, a Puerto Rican legal whose dragged again into a lifetime of crime. The one drawback is that Al Pacino just isn’t Puerto Rican, which is why the set was so “odd” and “surreal” for Leguizamo.

“You already know, it was a factor of the occasions. Earlier than then he performed a Cuban,” Leguizamo just lately advised Insider, referring to Pacino’s iconic “Scarface” function as Tony Montana. “Yeah, in that he’s sort of doing like a Cuban/Mexican accent.”

“I do know he’s attempting and he’s an excellent actor, so sensible, he was my hero. However it was odd, man,” Leguizamo continued concerning the “Carlito’s Approach” set. “It’s an odd expertise to be a Latin man in a Latin story written by a Latin man and the lead man’s a white man pretending to be Puerto Rican. I’m not going to lie, it’s surreal. It was surreal. I turned the half down a couple of occasions after which finally I made a decision to do it.”

“Carlito’s Approach” marked a dramatic breakthrough for Leguizamo, but it surely was a very long time coming.

“I undoubtedly knew I might act. It wasn’t like I couldn’t act, I knew I might do it,” Leguizamo mentioned. “I educated exhausting. It’s simply Hollywood was bizarre and it’s all the time been bizarre. It has all the time been “Holly-wouldn’t.” And I knew this moving into. After I went to school and alongside some nice actors the white guys would get 5 auditions a day and I might have one each 5 months. The solid breakdown was Jim Crow. White actor, white actor, after which each 5 months, Latin actor to be a assassin. These had been my alternatives.”

It’s been a busy finish of the yr for Leguizamo, who’s presently in theaters with each Searchlight Footage’ “The Menu” and Common Footage’ “Violent Evening.” Head over to Insider’s web site to learn Leguizamo’s newest interview.

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