Best known for his television series, George Lopez has built an impressive career exploring his Mexican American culture through stand-up comedy. He transferred his talent to television and film and appeared in “Fatal distraction (Fatal Instinct), “Valentine’s Day (Valentine’s Day)” and “A Beverly Hills Chihuahua (Beverly Hills Chihuahua) “, and lent his voice to countless animated films. His style of humor is hilariously indecent, which is why 60-year-old López was surprised when he was invited to take on the role of God’s messenger and motorcyclist alongside Edward James Olmos in the inspirational golf comedy, Walking with herb.
Question: Are you religious?
GEORGE: I am not a total heathen. I have some faith and I believe in a higher power.
Ask: I think Prince tried to interest you in the Bible years ago, right?
GEORGE: Yes, Prince had seen my comedy specials and he liked my portrayal of them Chaka Khan stole my sweater. But he thought I was too seem and only agreed to appear on my talk show,[[[[Lopez tonight]on the condition that I don̵
Question: Wait! What is it about Chaka Khan stole my sweater?
GEORGE: I based it on my grandmother who raised me. He had dementia and was in a nursing home. She was shocked and called me saying that Chaka Khan had stolen her sweater. He had African-American caretakers, but because he couldn’t remember their names, he said crazy things like, “Diana Ross stole money from my wallet.
Question: Have you seen Morgan Freeman or other actors who played God?
GEORGE: I saw a 1977 movie that was popular in my teens called Oh God! with John Denver and George Burns. George Burns was in his nineties, playing God with a hat and a cigar, doing things to show John Denver who he was. It was a lot of fun and I thought if George Burns could do it, I could too.
Q: You are a golfer and plays in celebrity tournaments. Was it frustrating playing caddy while Edward James Olmos played a golfer in this 18-hole comedy?
GEORGE: At first I thought Eddie would be the caddy and I would be the golfer, but no. Eddie hadn’t played much golf, but he was on the driving range from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., hitting thousands of golf balls. So when it came time to film, it wasn’t that he didn’t look like he was a golfer, and that was all it took. Phil Mickelson held out at the most common Masters and he is 50 years old, and Jack Nicklaus won the Masters [en 1986], at 46 years old. Golf is a game of skill, not an age.
Question: You turned 60 on April 23. How does it feel?
GEORGE: I’m still dealing with the reality of being 60 because, in my mind and in my mind, I consider myself very young. But it’s a number and it’s as old as you feel. Do I walk through the mall in the morning? Not yet. But am I walking around the neighborhood? Yes, do I take better care of myself? Absolutely. Do I take it ten years ago? Not.
Question: What was it like working with Edward James Olmos?
GEORGE: Astonishing. I’ve always admired him. I saw him in Latin fever (Zoot Suit) when I was in high school and all the kids took the bus to Hollywood. It was the first work I saw. I was impressed. I met him in 1988 and he invited me to lunch at his place. In the early 2000s, we got closer and started doing things together, so it was extraordinary to make this movie with him, as an actor and not a comedian. Sometimes people with boxers say, “Those guys don’t even belong in the same arena,” so I see this the same way. When you look at the caliber of Eddie’s work, you wouldn’t think anyone who came out as a comedian could compare. But Robin Williams, Jackie Gleason, and Michael Keaton were comedians turned dramatic actors.
Q: How have your culture and heritage influenced your career?
GEORGE: I always had darker skin than my friends and depended on my cultural heritage because I couldn’t ignore it. Years ago, he performed in New York and was demoted as a comedian, Dave Becky [el manager de Chris Rock] suggested I adjust my stuff. I started to look at my grandmother who raised me. It was very funny, bitter and a little bit hurtful. So when I started investing in our relationship, she was almost a muse and I discovered that all the success I had had to do with my relationship with her.
Q: Who else has helped you in your career?
GEORGE: I don’t think I would be in this position without Sandra Bullock holding my hand and supporting me. We met after his mother passed away [en el 2000] and she had “Miss Sympathy (Miss Congeniality)And he was the greatest movie star. But she was a bit disappointed in her current business because of this tragic personal loss. And when we tried to rebuild its way back to Hollywood, we met. Somehow my enthusiasm to take it to the next level and show it was funny managed to inspire her and regain her confidence in acting. She became an executive producer on my television show and was present throughout development.
Question: What does aging with charisma mean to you?
GEORGE: To me it means that you still like to wear your favorite clothes and colors and don’t necessarily choose clothes that are meant for someone a little older. It’s about staying fashionable with coats, shoes and hair, with a little panache. I met Paul Newman in 2006 and he made a big impression on me that he always wore white with his very blue eyes. This is how I would like to look, keep the style with my way of dressing.
Q: This movie is about second chances and you had your own second chance 16 years ago with your kidney transplant. How are you?
GEORGE: I am very, very good. I was warned at a young age that I would develop kidney problems. Even at the age of 18, he had hypertension, which contributed to this. The day after my kidney transplant, April 19, 2005, I woke up feeling better than in my entire life. It was then that I decided it wasn’t worth it to feel so good and not help others, so I started a foundation to help children with kidney disease. My ex-wife Ann gave me her kidney which was a gift of life. We still talk to each other and our daughter is already 25 years old. As I get older, I appreciate this gift more.
Question: How do you expect the public to respond? Walking with herb?
GEORGE: Regardless of whether you share your beliefs with other people or not, I hope you never lose confidence in yourself or your belief in the good.
Walking with Herb will premiere on April 30, May 1 and May 3 for a limited three-night nationwide engagement by Fathom Events. Find tickets at FathomEvents.com or WalkingWithHerbMovie.com
Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnRurQZbdf8
Above: George Lopez on WALKING WITH HERB – seen nationwide since April 30. Photo credit: OPTIMISM ENTERTAINMENT
The Medium: LEFT to RIGHT: George Lopez and Edward James Olmos in WALKING WITH HERB – in theaters nationwide since April 30. Photo credit: OPTIMISM ENTERTAINMENT