Five Favorite Films

Luis Guzman's Five Favorite Films

by | June 9, 2016 | Comments

(Photo by Getty Images / Alberto E. Rodriguez)

 

Luis Guzman, everyone’s favorite character actor, has a new film out: buddy-cop comedy Puerto Ricans in Paris, co-starring Edgar Garcia, Rosie Perez, and Rosario Dawson. We had a chance to talk to Guzman about his Five Favorite Films and he lays ’em all out:

On the Waterfront (1954) 98%

I had seen it prior in the course of my life, but when I got into the acting game I referenced it because I was always so blown away by Marlon Brando’s effortless performance, and how truthful it was. I was like, “Wow, I want to do that.” Incredible cast, incredible director. It was a story that people could relate too, you know? The whole aspect of the waterfront and the union and all the shady stuff that went down.

12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men) (1957) 100%

How incredible of a cast [director Sidney Lumet] had in that movie. That was a who’s who. I heard that when Sidney did that movie, most of the guys were doing Broadway plays. So somehow they worked out the timing so they would shoot on certain days. Amazing to see. I got the opportunity to work with Sidney — ended up doing Q & A with him.

Billy Jack (1971) 60%

I guess because there was some socially conscious stuff going on in that movie. To see somebody stand up to the injustice the way he did was so good. I found the movie to be so honest. That movie was independent when movies were truly independent. That was not a studio movie by any means. I just dug the whole premise of it.

Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) 85%

I love watching old movies. The two characters in this movie were unbelievable. Raul Julia was phenomenal in it. They kind of beat each other up emotionally. I really got a kick out of seeing that whole relationship.

The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) 74%

The Count of Monte Cristo, which I happened to have been in. Only because, man, I really dug how Edmond Dantes went about, his passion in getting his revenge. The movie just looks absolutely beautiful, but, like I said, it was just the story and how well it was made into film. Not just how it was a guy who’s like, “Okay, we’re gonna go get our stuff, we’re just gonna shoot this guy, we’re gonna have a shootout…” No, Dantes really processed his revenge in such a passionate way. Makes you wish other people went about doing thing more thoughtfully and more passionately.

RT: What was it like when you read the script?

I absolutely believed I was out of my element because I had never done a period piece. When [director] Kevin Reynolds said, “You’re my guy, there’s nobody else I see in this,” I was blown away. When I got to Ireland, I thought I was even more out of my element after hearing how eloquent the Irish and English actors were. I’m like, “Oh, man, how am I going to do this?” Kevin says, “Dude, you don’t even have to worry. You’re a pirate. You come from a totally different place, so just do your thing.” That’s what I ended up doing and it worked!

So many people, even today, say this is their favorite movie. Like I said, it was my first period piece. I’m one of those cats, man, that loves to learn. I’m not the guy who shows up knowing it all. I’m the guy who wants to learn, and observe, and appreciate the eloquence of language through the art of acting. I had a chance to do that on The Count of Monte Cristo.


Puerto Ricans in Paris is in theaters now.

  • Strider

    Wow Billy Jack! I have seen that (not sure if he means the second movie called Billy Jack, or the first one called Born Losers) at least 5 times. Never met anyone else that has even heard of it. Glad I’m not the only one who liked it.

Tag Cloud

20th Century Fox Lionsgate NBC supernatural Elton John E3 TV Land Lucasfilm TruTV Spring TV Ovation miniseries police drama theme song Nominations 21st Century Fox psychological thriller Podcast Martial Arts streaming Fall TV BBC Quiz Summer 2017 Infographic based on movie YouTube Premium Countdown History Spike CW Seed 24 frames Red Carpet Cartoon Network Pet Sematary Paramount Network binge robots biography Pride Month spinoff First Look Trophy Talk Shudder Comedy Central TV mockumentary BET technology singing competition TBS Nickelodeon TCM Certified Fresh Watching Series Amazon Prime Warner Bros. dc talk show strong female leads blaxploitation zero dark thirty Disney Channel comic CBS All Access war The Witch crime Bravo GIFs DirecTV Video Games Shondaland Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt justice league Interview TCA 2017 Rock adaptation adventure Sundance Now Trailer nature dragons disaster Comics on TV Amazon Ellie Kemper Set visit San Diego Comic-Con Extras HBO Character Guide SundanceTV Logo Grammys Country Year in Review FXX discovery Teen Awards Lifetime FX BBC America Crackle YA travel Music El Rey psycho YouTube Red OWN Adult Swim cops period drama Tomatazos AMC Kids & Family crime drama DC Universe Calendar LGBT television facebook Spectrum Originals 2018 political drama transformers Schedule Emmys Election spider-man ITV cats green book MSNBC Sony Pictures finale boxoffice RT History Best and Worst IFC USA Network Apple crime thriller GoT 007 casting The CW golden globes Musical festivals Mary poppins Film Festival Tumblr crossover harry potter sitcom Stephen King New York Comic Con Reality Competition 45 Sneak Peek animated VICE Nat Geo Star Wars TNT Masterpiece serial killer comiccon Walt Disney Pictures ABC DC Comics Freeform historical drama SXSW romance ESPN cooking anthology VH1 Hulu natural history 2016 Epix See It Skip It Britbox Chernobyl Mary Tyler Moore Mudbound Dark Horse Comics vampires Esquire SDCC Black Mirror Winners elevated horror docudrama Winter TV Polls and Games Pop Disney Holidays Writers Guild of America Cannes Pirates thriller Mindy Kaling witnail Super Bowl 2015 zombie TCA Opinion Showtime dceu DC streaming service HBO Max DGA A&E Ghostbusters Comic Book 2019 medical drama unscripted Superheroe Chilling Adventures of Sabrina what to watch X-Men Starz aliens Mary Poppins Returns Reality ABC Family game show Sundance Oscars zombies Christmas Creative Arts Emmys dramedy cults Animation Universal CMT Drama Heroines TIFF Tarantino Mystery E! WarnerMedia USA Fantasy Food Network Musicals space social media Cosplay Premiere Dates PaleyFest cinemax TLC doctor who Biopics LGBTQ Marathons hist Acorn TV Women's History Month Sci-Fi true crime PBS Syfy American Society of Cinematographers MCU Brie Larson APB MTV Comedy Toys teaser Superheroes award winner President Valentine's Day RT21 Action Netflix sports Pixar ratings spy thriller National Geographic diversity Trivia composers Box Office jamie lee curtis anime CNN Paramount Rocketman sequel WGN NYCC Thanksgiving Columbia Pictures Captain marvel Marvel CBS Fox News Photos Western FOX Awards Tour Star Trek Rom-Com Emmy Nominations science fiction Song of Ice and Fire toy story richard e. Grant mutant The Arrangement GLAAD Rocky Horror politics Vudu Anna Paquin IFC Films