My Celebrity Highlight 2 – John Leguizamo

Welcome to My Celebrity Highlight!  I highlight a celebrity and discuss why the celebrity peaks my interest and why they would be invited to my dream dinner party. Any celebrity featured in My Celebrity Highlight should feel free to contact me and accept this as a genuine invitation to join my dream dinner party!!  lol  😉

John Leguizamo has been on the guest list for my dream dinner party since the first time I was asked who would I invite.  Through the years I have grown to enjoy his work more and more.  When he first came on my radar was as a fart joke, irreverent comic that had no need for the term “political correctness” in the movie The Pest.  Through the years he has juggled comic and very serious roles and excelling at both.  He has won an Emmy Award, a CableACE Award, multiple American Latino Media Arts Awards.  He has been nominated for a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award.  For his writing he has even won the Norman Lear Writer’s Award.

I have written and compared myself to his character Sid the Sloth from the Ice Age movies.  Sid is my favorite character followed closely by Walter from Gran Torino.  I feel I am the love child of Sid and Walter, a loveable character that most either love or hate. I call my friends my herd.

Long before I could even admit to myself I was gay, I could admit that John Leguizamo was a sexy guy.  Now that I spend as much time as I can in Colombia, South America; I must consider I must have subconsciously known he was Colombian and was the seed for my love of Colombianos.  Another reason to love him is his willingness  try adventurous characters like Chi Chi Rodriguez in To Wong Foo: Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, which led to his Golden Globe nomination. 

His inclination to chose (or accept) independent films is endearing to me.  The independent film, Where God Left His Shoes (a Sundance Film Festival winning film) with his child co-star David Castro broke my heart.  David’s character was needing to feel some love and the chemistry between the two was amazing!  From the beginning of the film I only saw characters…. I did not see the acting, the two made it feel voyeuristic or like a documentary instead of actors playing roles.  Young actors (especially in the Latino community) like David Castro I think benefit from working with such a versatile, powerful actor and role model like John Leguizamo..

Recently on an episode of Tosh.0 on Comedy Central, Daniel Tosh featured a web site http://www.celebritynetworth.com.  As you can guess the website posts the estimated net worth of celebrities.  John Leguizamo was one of the first actors I checked.  Not just to know what he was worth, but to see if he had the success I thought he should have.  At $25 million I was happy and proud for him, although I feel he deserves more!  I cheer for his success professionally and financially, but he will always have a place for a hot meal at my dream dinner party!

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