Esai Morales: Why He Is An 'Actorvist'


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He’s been a steady presence in Hollywood for more than three decades.
Ever since his pivotal performance as Ritchie Valens’ troubled brother Bob in 1987’s “La Bamba,” a role that launched a thousand memes and remains as relevant today in pop culture as it did then, Esai Morales has played dozens of characters spanning film and television.
He recently wrapped the second season of “From Dusk Til Dawn” on Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey network, where he plays “a vampire culebra underworld lord,” and he’s currently on HBO’s “The Brink,” a geopolitical dark comedy with Oscar winner Tim Robbins and funnyman Jack Black.
“It’s great. I’m playing the President of the United States, which is a childhood dream. But it makes me happy and sad at the same time ‘cause where do you go from there? President of the world?” Morales told Fox News Latino.
While Morales’ current POTUS status is strictly fictional, next year’s presidential election is not, and the self-described “actorvist” and co-founder of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, has plenty to say.
“Let me keep it real. I feel like the political process is a circus. It’s entertainment more than anything else,” he said. “It’s basically a competition to see who can fool the public the most. Then once the person is elected the real agenda begins. Just look at all the things that are promised in order to get your vote and then how few of them are delivered.”
Along with the lack of honesty in politics, Morales believes there is a lack of respect for the working class, particularly Latinos. It’s an issue highlighted by GOP front-runner Donald Trump’s now infamous remarks about Mexican migrants.
“The easiest thing to do is pick on the outsider and say we’re going to build a wall and make them pay for it … Really?” he said. “Are we really going to go to war with Mexico, our second largest trading partner? Do we really want to say that they’re sending their rapists and killers? No! All societies have people who have lost their way.”
As Morales sees it, Trump is the one who has lost his way.
“I feel bad that Trump, this incredible talent at gaining attention, can’t be apologetic about the way he….
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