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Sun Nov 18, 2018, 01:53 PM

Broadway's John Leguizamo shares four favorite Latino heroes

You might know John Leguizamo as Aurelio, the chop shop mechanic from the action thriller movies “John Wick.” Or you may recognize his voice as Sid the Sloth in the popular “Ice Age” kids franchise. But before starring in multi-million dollar movies, the award-winning Latino actor crafted his comedic talent with one-man plays like “Spic-O-Rama” and “Mambo Mouth.”

Many of these plays were often based on personal, sometimes dark moments from Leguizamo’s life. This month, the actor, comedian and playwright brought one of his most intimate shows — the Tony-nominated “Latin History for Morons” — to a wide streaming audience on Netflix.

“Latin History for Morons” was inspired by Leguizamo’s son — who was being picked on racially in school — and is essentially a journey about rediscovering Latin identity. Many Americans — including U.S. Latinos — are not familiar with the history and culture of Latin America as well as the deep roots of Americans of Hispanic ancestry and its influence on our American story.



***** Well worth a watch.

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