Benjamin Bratt Talks Street Cred, Family, And Latinos In The Media

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Benjamin Bratt spilled the details about his upcoming movie, his family life, and his frustration with Latino representation in media. 

The former star of Law & Order spoke to NBC Latino about how his acting career has boosted his son’s “street cred” in the schoolyard.

“Most dads of eight and eleven-year-olds don’t get any credit whatsoever – they’re to be avoided like the plague,” he joked, “But when his friends recognize me because of movies like Cloudy 2, that’s fun.”

The Peruvian-American actor, who recently starred in Modern Family and Despicable Me 2, is making a return to the family-oriented movies his son’s friends enjoy. He’ll be resuming his role as Manny in the sequel to the 2009 film Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs.

As a viewer, I fell in love with the band of merry misfits,” he said, “And the chance to get on that ride again was the big draw.” 

Bratt also gave fans a sneak peek at the upcoming film: “Fans will find [Manny] more talkative this time around. He’s not a chatterbox by anyone’s definition but he says more -- you’ll just have to see!” 

Read his thoughts about Latinos in media on page 2 >>

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