Demian Bichir: A Star On The Rise
For my 100th offering here on Technorati.com, it is a great pleasure to introduce a talent that is sure to be an eye-opener for moviegoers for years to come. Demian Bichir, an actor who hails from Mexico, has just given a performance that can be referred to as a tour de force in the film A Better Life. Bichir took a break from rehearsals for his latest project to sit down and chat about the film’s message, it success and his own rise to stardom.
Demian Bichir, 48, gives a performance veiled in excellence in the film A Better Life. The film’s director is Oscar nominee Chris Weitz (About a Boy.) The story being told is of an undocumented immigrant and hardworking single dad Carlos Galindo (played masterfully by Bichir), who embarks on a physical and spiritual journey in order to reconnect with his teenage son and keep him from getting pulled into the local gang life. A Better Life is everything that the critics are saying it is; poignant, compelling, intelligent and heartfelt.
Although this will garner much better deserved attention for its star, Bichir is no stranger to film and television, or the well earned successes from a job well done. Bichir’s career may have started off on the Mexican stage, film, and television, but in the states he has also appeared as a regular in the hit series Weeds. More notably, he starred opposite Benicio Del Toro in Steven Soderbergh’s two-part film series Che in which he played Cuba’s leader Fidel Castro.
Bichir’s performance in A Better Life has earned him a nomination for Best Male Lead at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards as well as a Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Lead Actor in a Lead Role. The latter came as a pleasant surprise to the star.
“We had been rehearsing since the night before,” he recalled, “The news came very early and my girlfriend called me with the news and it was great. That was the first time I started drinking tequila at 7 in the morning all the way through and I’ll never do it again.” He laughed.Continued on the next page