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Nothing But Respect For MY Luis. New York's Finest Is Luis Guzmán

By Mieka Strawhorn | Film | August 28, 2018 |

By Mieka Strawhorn | Film | August 28, 2018 |


Not too long ago a friend posed an interesting quandary via text message. She wrote, apropos of nothing, “Who would you rather: Buscemi or Guzman?”. I found myself surprised by my ready and enthusiastic answer. Guzmán, Guzmán, a thousand times Guzmán! I’ve always appreciated Luis Guzmán as an outstanding character actor. It’s always a lovely surprise to see his name in the opening credits of a film, because when you do, you know you’re in for a treat. But I had never really thought of him sexually. That is, until I did.

Heyyyyyy!!! Can I just #befullofmyself for a minute #livingmybestlife #cabot #vermont #Life #Love #laugh

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Now I can’t get him out of my head. Speaking of heads, I think that Luis’ well-defined brow ridge is a sign of a thoughtful and confident lover. But enough about my urges! I’m sure some of you weirdos out there don’t want to think about Luis in “that way”, as is your right (but you’re wrong). But nobody has the right to not think of Luis’ contributions to cinema as anything less than indispensable!

Happy Birthday to one of my favorites, Luis Guzman. A fantastic actor who deserves more roles and more leads. He is great in everything he does. Watch these movies. You won't regret it. #luisguzman #topten #happybirthday #yyj

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Luis’ most memorable performances are too numerous to count, but it doesn’t mean one shouldn’t try. It’s his birthday after all. Luis is 62 today and as virile as a man half his age. Here’s Luis himself at half his age. Hubba hubba!

Once upon a time…a seed

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Anybody see this Papi give em a hug…taking it baaaaaack Yo!

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One of my favorite Luis performances was as Maurice in Boogie Nights.

Luis is to be credited for me always just wearing what I dig. And he’s a man who takes his own (character’s) advice!


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Can you imagine Carlito’s Way, Out Of Sight, The Count of Monte Cristo or that first season of Narcos without Luis? I mean you could, technically, but why would you?

"Carlito man, it's Death Valley out here man… You know me, I'll take to the streets with any of these m************ man, but these new kids now days, they got no respect for human life. They shotgun you just to see you fly in the air." 🔫📦🎭🇺🇸📷🎥🌴 📦Shop at www📦 #LuisGuzman #AlPacino #CarlitosWay #gangsters #boricua #PuertoRico #PuertoRican #BrianDePalma #moviequotes #film #reddish #actorslife #acting

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This was a good day…

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Kitty Cat kitty…@KEANU @KEYandPEELE Photo Credit @vthemoviegirl

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Luis is so iconic that he’s been a subject of some of the most important artists of the last century. Diego Rivera painted Luis way back in 1915. I’m not sure if Luis traveled back in time to sit with Diego, or if Diego brought his lazy butt to our century to capture his likeness.

Here are a couple more contemporary takes.

#luisguzman #pachanga #carlitosway #actor #moviestar #sketchbook #sketching #qucksketches #ballpointpenart #penonpaper #blackandwhitesketch #illustration #portraitillustrations #portraits #artwork🎨

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Of course, the most notable artistic representation of Luis Guzmán is the golden statue of him erected at Greendale Community College, his alma mater (don’t believe me, look it up. It says so right there on his Wikipedia page).

Although Luis was born in Puerto Rico, he’s a New Yorker through and through. If you’re lucky, one day you might run into him taking the subway. But if you do, for the love of God, don’t put your finger in his face.

Happy birthday, you sexy beast!

Hug you here…hug you there…hug you anywhere…to hug is to LOVE… hug it out with the Universe…you could never get enough HUGS…have a Loving and Peaceful weekend #HUGLIFE

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Mieka is a staff contributor. You can follow her on Twitter.

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