Tattoo and Mr. Roarke. And no, Tattoo (RIP, little homie) wasn't Mexican.
To celebrate Cinco de Mayo (which is tomorrow), weâ€™re gonna run through some of my favorite Mexicans of all time. This list is limited to Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in the entertainment business; unfortunately, I donâ€™t have the time to conduct the history lesson that would be necessary to give props to all of those throughout history that deserve it,
Letâ€™s get rolling...
Jessica Alba: Yup. Mexican and Danish.
Eva Longoria: Duh.
Salma Hayek: Duh-itto.
Ricardo Montalban: His real name is Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro MontalbÃ¡n Merino, although some might know him as Mr. Roarke of Fantasy Island. And if that isnâ€™t enough, he also played Khan in Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan. Basically, he oozes class, even if itâ€™s rockin leather while torturing Captain Kirk in space.
Cheech Marin- Half of Cheech and Chong. Iâ€™ll leave it to you to guess which half. And for as much as hip hop artists and/or fans talk about weed, you better have seen Up In Smoke, Nice Dreams and The Corsican Brothers. You can skip the repeat episodes of Nash bridges though.
Kid Frost- A true pioneer. â€œLa Razaâ€ is a true West Coast classic. Could that be hint? Wait til monday...
2Mex (from The Visionaries)- For some reason, heâ€™s always been plagued with semi-crappy production, but heâ€™s one of the best emcees in L.A., period.
B-Real- Although his career has chilled out a bid in recent years, Cypress Hill was one of the biggest hip hop groups of the 90â€™s, and that wouldnâ€™t have been possible without the signature nasal flow of B-Real.
Edward James Olmos- Stand and Deliver is still one of the best (and most subtly funny) movies ever made. If you forgot that go back and watch it- itâ€™s worth it just to hear Angel- aka Lou Diamond Philips -say, â€œI strangled him and his bodyâ€™s decomposing in my locker.â€ American Me isnâ€™t half bad either.
Robert Rodriguez- The director of El Mariachi, Desperado and Sin City, which are all classics in my book. Spy Kids and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D? Ehhh, not so much.
Zach de la Rocha of Rage Against The Machine- The singer for what was at one point was one of the most talented and important hard rock bands that weâ€™ll see in our lifetimes.
Estevan Orial- One of the greatest modern photographers on the face of this earth; there are people who take pictures, and then there are people who create images. Orial would fall into the latter category. If you havenâ€™t seen his work before, get familiar.
My wife- Just because.
See you kids on Monday. Have at least one shot of Patron on Saturday.