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Preach It, Benjamin Bratt!!

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Right on, Benjamin Bratt!

The former Law & Order actor is not pleased because he feels as though he's been overlooked professionally because of Latin roots!

He says:

"What I'm troubled by is, you cannot name a brown-skinned Latino male who can get a film green-lit. There isn't one. Why not? It still seems we are treated like an exotic other."

We completely agree!

But don't be too down, bb, you've done pretty all right for SEKSI self!!


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50 comments to “Preach It, Benjamin Bratt!!”

  1. 1

    Mario, you were only ever overlooked because you have NO talent and are unattractive…Latin wouldn't even be on the laundry-list of reasons why you're always overlooked! ;)

  2. 2

    What about Javier Bardem and Antonio Banderas? I'd say it's pretty safe to say those guys are HUGE stars. I do agree, though, we definitely need more sexy latino men and other races as big names in the film industry! Preach!

  3. 3

    Yeaa, I'm sure that's it…not his horrible acting or anything

  4. buck says – reply to this


    maybe, just maybe the stuff he is trying to do sucks. i'm sure if it were a money maker someone would jump on it. thats the great thing about capitalism, its doesn't see color unless its green.

  5. 5

    cheech and chong

  6. 6

    funny he would say that considering I had no clue he was latin…..esp with a name like benjamin bratt……

  7. 7

    Antonio Banderas, John Leguizamo, Mario Lopez, Edward James Olmos (or whatever his name is),…

  8. 8

    Bratt seems like a nice enough guy, but the fact is that he wasn't that impressive a talent. Even more importantly, he navigated his career in a manner that allowed him to be better known for having dated Julia Roberts than whatever skills he had as an actor. If he's not working all that much, those are the reasons. Seems to me that to make it about his ethnic background is a reach, and somewhat insulting to the industry that he's been a part of for quite some time.

  9. 9

    How about Andy Garcia? Antonio Banderas? Javier Bardem? Benicio Del Toro? Kind of a stupid statement to make. He's just not in the same league as the others.

  10. 10

    This is some serious "woe is me" crap. Guess you have to qualify as:
    1) brown
    2) male
    3) latino

    to mean anything to him. Here, I'll play this game:


    (maybe he isn't brown enough?)
    Fact is nearly nothing will get green lit today unless you have a strong record of turning a profit. Budgets are low; total movies output per year have been slashed by all the studios. Look at Tyler Perry; he proved that there was a profitable audience for his movies and now any studio will greenlight his work.

  11. 11

    I remember he was dating Sandra Bullock awhile ago !

  12. 12

    Re: tesslovesbeckham – Javier Bardem's biggest role was to play a (Mexican?) psychopath in that Coen brother's movie, while Banderas is best known in the US as the voice of Puss in Boots. Not exactly latin lovers, really.

  13. 13

    Benicio Del toro

  14. @v@ says – reply to this


    Yup, it's often who you know. Fortunately, there's a HUGE market south in Mexico and in South America where he might do incredibly more than well, even if Bratt doesn't happen to speak Spanish, or maybe he does. Or he could talk to Mel Gibson.

  15. 15

    It's definitely not his heritage, I just don;t think he looks the part. I mean, Benicio Del Torro gets great roles cause he is a great actor.

  16. 16

    i agree with him, whites dominate the industry.. hispanics, asians, indians, middle eastern, etc still have a long way to go

  17. Lee77 says – reply to this


    Andy Garcia, you fucking idiot.

  18. 18

    Maybe, but also I don't really see anyone pining for a Benjamin Bratt movie either.

  19. 19

    In a word? "Catwoman".

    You will simply have to do better, brother.

  20. 20

    Smokin' hot.

  21. 21

    I think there are probably more opportunities for Latins than a lot of other "minority" groups, however, he does have a point. Sure, there are some Latin actors who are regularly cast but not in truly Latin-American vehicles. More often, they are cast as foreigners (Javier Bardem, Antonio Banderas — who are, in fact immigrants) or relegated to supporting roles. Benjamin Bratt actually is a good actor but it seems he dreams big… his brother's a filmmaker and he is also interested in making movies, rather than just being in them. I'm guessing when he says it's hard to get a Latin-Am movie greenlit, he's speaking from a filmmaker's perspective rather than just an actor. There aren't a lot, if any, movies being made about a realistic Latin-Am experience, front and center, being made. One of the most successful, IMHO, and one of my personal heroes, is John Leguizamo. But even then, his greatest work is not in film but his one-man off-Broadway shows, Freak & Mambo Mouth, etc. I'm not going to pick on Bratt for this comment bc I believe it has merit — still, welcome to the club, Ben! It's not just Latinos who suffer the short end of the stick in Hollywood!

  22. 22

    PS. And Benjamin Bratt in Pinero was good. And I loved him in the cheese-tastick Blood In, Blood Out. LOL. So yeah, I sort of pine for a Benjamin Bratt movie. As well as a Jesse Borrego movie. But I'd chuck all these Latino males for just a little RAUL JULIA. Now THERE was an actor. Gimme a flick with Raul Julia and Gregory Hines.

  23. obama says – reply to this


    This guy needs to quit crying and raise his own money and launch his own projects. I'm sure Edward James Olmos, Esai Morales, Antonio Banderas, Andy Garcia, George Lopez, etc could fund a huge project and they are just a handful of Latin actors I can think of off the top of my head. Start a revolution, honey.

  24. 24

    Your right. Being Latin you just get use to seeing us protrayed as gardners, gang members and the stero type things. You get a few latin men and women in ocassional lead roles, but not many.

  25. 25

    Benicio Del Toro gets films green lit too..

  26. obama says – reply to this


    He's not talking about acting. He's talking about getting a movie off the ground, production-wise. Getting the Hollywood suits to back Latin movies with Latin themes.

  27. Rynne says – reply to this



  28. 28

    Antonio Banderas, in his heyday, could.

  29. 29

    Re: obama – Exactly. And you're right. Collectively, Latin American actors could fund a project getting made but it would take a lot in their personal wealth to get it backed the way it should. Even if they got it made, they would need the "suits" to come in at some point and market and distribute it. Didn't Andy Garcia back one of his own projects and while it got more exposure than usual because he was associated with it, it was basically an art house indie film (which are great but rarely seen by a majority). But yes, they could certainly make a movie. Didn't Robert Rodriguez's first film, El Mariachi, cost a mere $5000? It was his best work, too, IMHO.

  30. 30

    Oh give us a freakin break! Doesn't work out for you and you're "brown skin" (his words) then… drum roll please…. it must be racism! Get the f' out of here. We are all so sick of hearing that crap. Like Mo"Nique at the Oscars. ENOUGH!

  31. 31

    Wah, wah, wah. It couldn't possibly be because Bratt has no talent?! He's stiff, wooden and an over-all lousy actor. Latino my ass.

  32. 32

    How many millions does he have?

  33. 33

    antonio banderras and george lopez, there are two. there are millions of white actors who can't get a green-lit film. in fact, there are tons who can make a film tank.

  34. 34

    you're hot Benjamin, i'd pay to see your movies! better yet, now that detective Van Buren is sadly leaving Law & Order, why don't you take her place???? please???

  35. kland says – reply to this


    really??? he's pulling the latino race card?>?? c'mon now lets be real here, ben bratt isnt starring in any movies cuz he's a shitty actor, nothing to do with his heritage… he had his own dam tv show and it was cancelled after like 3/4 of a season… and was that cuz he was latino??? no it was cuz he's a shitty actor…what about Andy Garcia, Antonio Banderas, Javier Bardem, Benicio Del Toro, and john legezamo (totally spelt wrong), none of them seem to have problems getting roles, actually i think they've done pretty good for themselves imo… but mario only agrees cuz he's lation and he's jumping on the friggin bandwagon cuz he thinks he should be acting… except he barely has enough talent to write a dam blog…

  36. 36

    For all of you saying that hes pulling the brown card, theres a lot of truth to what hes saying. I often wonder why Mario lopez hasnt got a lead role, or a role period in any movie? i mean the guy is young and good looking so whats the problem? he could easily pull off a romantic comedy. There arent many Latinos who get leading roles, and this is why I have so much respect for jennifer Lopez. say what you will about her but shes made it happen one way or another for herself. and before you go say "oh its cuz shes fucked her way to the top" you know given a chance you would do it to.

  37. 37


  38. 38

    There are definitly not enough Latinos making movies, compared to the population in the US. Plus if we talk about mainstream tv it is even more dismal, not all Latino speak Spanish, we don't just want to see ourselves on telemundo or univision

  39. 39

    um, he's a latino? I had no idea….I thought he was a bad actor.

  40. 40

    If more Brown-skinned Latino males got movies green lit all we'd have is Ice Age 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, etc.Not mention all the low quality soap operas turned feature films we'd get.

  41. 41


  42. 42

    That's why Julia R. didn't marry him…Brown. One of those situations where she could bed him, but she couldn't make the ultimate step of becoming his wife. He ain't white.
    Instead, she chose to go and take a husband and father from his family…a camera man at that. What a class act.
    Look, if she could marry that Lyle-looking thing, she damn sure could have married BB…with his fine azz.
    I don't think JR could take having brown kids…that would ruin her All-American girl- no- acting image.
    BB's wife is DA BOMB tho…a definite step up from haggy big-tooth JR.

  43. 43

    Both Antonio Banderas and Javier Bardem are Spanish European. They came out of a strong film industry which supported and gave them a breadth of roles they could not have every achieved coming out of USA Hollywood. People roll of names like Benicio, John L. Andy Garcia every time "Latino" actors are mentioned. African American actors are more plentiful for sure, but you always come up with the heavy hitters, the ones that are working, out of how many? How about rolling of the name of every non-Latino actor working in Hollywood? You couldn't there are so many, look at that discrepancy in representation of what our country really looks like. Benjamin does good work when he puts his own projects together, when HOllywood gives him a paycheck most times he's doing what he has to do.

    Latino does not necessarily equal brown and doesn't equal Spanish.

  44. 44

    oh waaa f*****G waaaaa
    how bout you can't act your way out of paper bag and you miss used you greatest ASSests

  45. 45

    I agree with Benjamin Bratt. He said that brown skinned (Indian) Latino males cannot green light a movie and he is right. Mario Lopez is gorgeous and I would like to see him in a movie. Bratt is gorgeous and I would like to see him in more movies. They never show Mexicans, or other brown skinned Latinos unless they are playing a gang member, or some other crimial. I am so tired of it.

    In the future, George Lopez might be able to produce a movie. He has a lot of money now. Salma Hayek might be able to produce movies too.

    As for Bardem and Banderas, they are from Spain.

  46. 46

    Re" she couldn't make the ultimate step of becoming his wife. He ain't white."

    Bratt broke up with Roberts. Right after he broke up with her, he married model Talisa Soto.

  47. 47

    Evey: Bratt broke up with Julia Roberts. Right after he broke up with her, he married model Talisa Soto.

  48. @v@ says – reply to this


    Talk to Mel Gibson. He's a displaced Australian who thus notices, appreciates and chronicles relevant history of other cultures on film. He revealed the Scottish clans in Braveheart. He became a civil war American in The Patriot. He played (the voice of) John Smith in Pocahontas. He examined the old world in the Passion of the Christ. He co-wrote and directed Apocalypto from the indigenous point of view. Even the original Mad Max was a foray into a future nameless civilization. If Bratt wants to chronicle Latino culture, or just make some films, Mel could offer some invaluable insight and support.

  49. 49

    Charlie Sheen is big on tv and in films. Next ( And yes, I AM half Mexican)

  50. 50

    Re: maxie pad – Really? Puss in Boots? I was thinking more Zorro…or perhaps Che Guevara in Evita. He even played Benito Mussolini. As for Bardem, I'd say it's a big fucking deal to win an Oscar.