John Leguizamo: The Devil Made Me Say It

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John Leguizamo has never been one to bite his tongue, and he certainly lets it loose in our candid interview. The 44-year-old Latin star talks to us about his Colombian roots, the difficulties of fatherhood and why he thinks his movie Love in the Time of Cholera, well, sorta sucked.

To read more of our interview with John Leguizamo, pick up the August issue of Latina, on newsstands now.

On his upcoming film, Where God Left His Shoes:

It's the best thing I've done in all my life. Hopefully it's my best and not my last. It's about this dad, who is flawed to the max and lands his family homeless, and then has to take care of them and keep them together. It's practically an all-Latin cast. Myself, David Castro, who plays my son, and Lenora, who plays my wife, we spent every minute together, hanging out, resting, eating, goofing, everything. Latin people, one thing we know how to do is have fun.

On why it's hard to be a father:

Oh my God, man, you're like the morale coach, the life coach, you're like the coach of the team and you gotta keep everybody going, motivated. And it's up to you, the dad, to make that happen.

On his pre-show ritual when he does theater on Broadway:

I'm in the theater by noon for an eight o'clock show. I just go over stuff, prepare emotionally and mentally. Then, I rest for a couple of hours and them I'm on that stage two hours before, getting physical, dancing, doing all my Santeria stuff to feel free and comfortable, to be on top of my game, be Michael Jordan on stage.

On Cartagena, Colombia, where he bought a home after filming Love in the Time of Cholera:

It's one of the oldest European cities in the Western Hemisphere, where all the tragedy and greatness that was our people and our history happened. It's where slavery started, where the first slave was emancipated, where Indian people were traded. It was happening all over Latin America but it happened in this city in the biggest, largest way. It makes us who we are. this mix of black, Indian, white, a sort of raping of cultures.

On the negative reception of Love in the Time of Cholera:

It almost worked. I mean, it was beautiful, it just...it missed a little. It didn't have to. I don't think it was the directors fault, I just think it was more the screenplay. The screenwriter never came to Colombia, never hung out with Gabriel [Garcia Marquez], he just kind of stuck to the book, not the original book but the translation he had.

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