Yesterday, we reported that the Mexican actor is among the nominees for the 18th Annual Screen Actor's Guild Awards. Bichir was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Carlos Galindo, an undocumented immigrant, laborer, and loving single father in dad in A Better Life, which was directed by Chris Weitz.
A recent statement issued by Bichir’s public relations agency revealed exactly how the actor felt about being nominated for the prestigious award, “immensely proud.”
“It’s a double honor to be nominated alongside these wonderful actors in the same category,” he said. And who exactly are these “wonderful” actors that Bichir spoke of? Some of Hollywood’s crème de la crème; we’re talking about Leonardo Dicaprio (J.Edgar), George Clooney (The Descendants), Brad Pitt (Moneyball) and French actor Jean Dujardin (The Artist). Bichir has stiff competition, but that makes us that more proud that he’s in the running.
In his statement, Bichir also spoke of Weitz. “I would always be grateful to Chris Weitz for having given me this role,” the actor said. “My biggest hope right now is that those who haven’t watched the film [A Better Life], to watch it and be moved.”
In a recent interview with AOL Latino, Bichir opened up about his thoughts on portraying Galindo. "Carlos Galindo’s circumstances are sad – they’re difficult,” the actor said, “but they’re also inspiring. I admire a man like Carlos Galindo and I know many compatriots – thousands who are breaking their soul of a honest, honorable fashion… with a great dignity.”
Let us tell those who haven't seen the movie yet: WATCH IT! It's a fantastic film and we promise it will move you!
Check out Bichir’s AOL Latino interview below: