Or does he? In actuality Ruben is a “Walking Dead” fan in reality. But can we really see this Latino music superstar and almost President of Panama running from or even shooting down zombies?
For Ruben Blades, you have to look at it from another angle. The tough questions that would haunt us all in this end of world scenario. Blades is Daniel Salazar, a Central American immigrant who has a more realistic view of the underpinnings of life and as a result, adjusts quickly from the barber, the job people see on the surface in peaceful times.
“People say that’s never going to happen here,”
“Well, that’s probably what people thought before Columbus got in.”
The spin-off of the hugely popular series “The Walking Dead” has a more prominent group of Latinos in this one. Blades, along with Mexican actress Patricia Reyes Spindola, and Elizabeth Rodriguez (Orange is the New Black) are in Los Angeles where the story takes place and specifically East Los Angeles. Rodriguez was impressed by the writers who she felt has provided “a huge step” for Latino actors.
“It’s a reflection of America.”
“It’s a reflection of the world I grew up in.”
For Ruben though, who is already caught up on the comics and cites Rick Grimes as his favorite, it’s about the moving tides of television, which seek to reflect a more accurate image of life today.
“Obviously there’s a change brewing on television in that reality demands inclusion.”
Ruben, who is also a veteran of 47 films, including Predator 2, The Super, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and Hands of Stone, believes after 67 years on this earth, that it is the era of Latinos in Hollywood and the reflection in the mirror confirms it.
“Personally, as a Latino, I think it’s time that that is a given, not a token.”
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