Why Al Madrigal Likes That Is 'About A Boy' Character Isn't Overtly Latino

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Comedian Al Madrigal plays a different kind of Latino character on the new show About A Boy -- and that's the way he likes it. 

The NBC series follows the adventures of irresponsible bachelor, Will Freeman, played by David Walton, and how it's changed by his 11-year-old neighbor, Marcus (Benjamin Stockham.) Madrigal, 42, plays Andy -- Will's best friend and the responsible stay-at-home papi. 

The Mexican-American actor appreciates that Andy isn't an overtly or stereotypically Latino character.

"People don't need to have it hit over their heads," he told Access Atlanta. "A lot of Latinos are like me, third generation, English speaking. They are vastly under-represented."

Madrigal, best known as the Latino correspondent for Comedy Central's The Daily Show, is actively involved with the Latino community. He's currently working on a primetime special for Fusion that will air some time before November's midterm elections. The Huffington Post reports that the hour-long special will explore the influence and impact of Latinos in the U.S. 

"I'm delighted to carry on in the tradition of great reporters like Edward R. Murrow, Ernie Pyle and Geraldo Rivera to probe vitally important issues of the day, starting with whether I'm Hispanic or Latino," he said in the press release. 

Do you agree with Madrigal's comments about his character? Sound off in the comments! 

 

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Cristina Arreola, Editorial Assistant

Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina Mari Arreola earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to BrooklynNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or baking her favorite sweets. You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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