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Edward James Olmos: LA Is The Character

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"L.A. is the character. It's L.A."

Edward James Olmos is talking to Steve and Maria about a new movie called "Water & Power." Olmos discovered this film at the L.A. Latino Film Festival and has been out pushing for people to see it ever since. It's about two brothers nicknamed Water & Power by their hard working father. One grows up to be a cop in L.A....the other a politician. An "unexpected and unavoidable tragedy" happens and sets off a chain of events. Olmos says this movie works on so many levels.

"It's a wonderful piece of entertainment but it's intellectually stimulating. It really makes you think."

Olmos also has nothing but praise for writer/director Richard Montoya. The veteran actor whose seen it all in Hollywood says Montoya nails it in his first ever feature film.

"This kid is an explosive piece of work. They should have never let him in the ballpark...he captures not only the culture of Los Angeles...but he also catches the tremendous difficulty in what we're facing with in Los Angeles. I mean it's about a politician and a cop so you can imagine two twin brothers so you can imagine where he goes, it's one night. You're gonna like it."

"Power & Water" opens in L.A. May 2nd. Olmos and one of the film's stars, Emilio Rivera, will be at the Citadel Outlets next Saturday and Sunday, May 3rd and 4th, to talk about the movie. They'll be there from 10-1.

Fun Facts About Edward James Olmos: (Source: Wikipedia)


1) He is a Mexican American actor and director. Among his most memorable roles are William Adama in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, Lt. Martin Castillo in Miami Vice, teacher Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver, patriarch Abraham Quintanilla in the film Selena, Detective Gaff in Blade Runner, and narrator El Pachuco in both the stage and film versions of Zoot Suit. In 1988, Olmos was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for the film Stand and Deliver.

2) He has also been a longtime pioneer for more diversified roles and images of Hispanics in the U.S. media. His notable direction, production and starring roles for films, made-for-TV movies and TV shows include Wolfen, Triumph of the Spirit, Talent for the Game, American Me, The Burning Season, My Family/Mi Familia, Caught, 12 Angry Men, The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca, Walkout, The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, American Family, and 2 Guns.

3) In the late 1960s and the early 1970s, Olmos branched out from music into acting, appearing in many small productions, until his big break portraying the narrator, called "El Pachuco," in the play Zoot Suit, which dramatized the World War II-era rioting in California brought about by the tensions between Mexican-Americans and local police. (See Zoot Suit Riots.) The play moved to Broadway, and Olmos earned a Tony Award nomination. He subsequently took the role to the filmed version in 1981, and appeared in many other films including Wolfen, Blade Runner and The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez.

Water & Power opens in LA and other cities May 2, that's next Friday.

Edward and one of the film's stars, Emilio Rivera, will be at the Citadel Outlets next Saturday and Sunday, May 3rd and 4th to talk about the movie. They'll be there from 10:00am to 1:00pm.


Twitter: @edwardjolmos



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