It’s really rather remarkable, the range and depth of roles that Latino actors have taken on in recent years, and this week’s DVD releases offer some shining examples.
For instance, Aubrey Plaza has had a good week. Just a few days ago, NBC announced that Parks and Recreation, the quirky sitcom that introduced Aubrey Plaza to millions, has been renewed for another season…and this Tuesday, May 14, marks the DVD release of A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swann III starring Charlie Sheen and with Plaza in a supporting role. Talk about a career on the rise.
Meanwhile, here’s a reminder of just how long Miguel Ferrer has been working in Hollywood, just like his father Jose before him. This time it’s 1998’s production of George Orwell’s Brave New World, being released this week for the first time.
Dexter has been a wellspring for the best in Latino talent and performances for years, and some of the best can be found in Season 7, including the surprise passing of a key Latino character. The full season, complete with the amazing work of David Zayas and Lauren Velez, is available starting today.
Desiree Avalos is one of the often unseen professionals in Latino Hollywood. She’s worked as a stunt woman, a stunt coordinator, a picture car manager and an actress–to mention just a few of her jobs in the last few years. One of her more recent in-front-of-the-camera gigs was in 2009’s The Locker, available on DVD for the first time beginning this week.
Keram Malicki-Sanchez, of Polish and Ecuadorian descent, is a Canadian multi-threat. An actor, a music producer, a musician and a new media consultant who has been invited to speak at conferences across North America about the future of tech, social media and the intersection of technology and the arts, he was also a key player in the extremely strange–even by horror film standards–reboot of a horror icon in Texas Chainsaw 3D, releasing on DVD this Tuesday. You may already have seen him in True Blood, Charlie’s Angels, The Mentalist, and so much more
Classic television, independent films, cult faves and more…with Latinos in the mix in front and behind the camera. All in one week–and over and over throughout the year.