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Latino Daily News

Wednesday March 7, 2012

“A Better Life” Star Demian Bichir says Hollywood Needs to Work More with Immigration Theme

“A Better Life” Star Demian Bichir says Hollywood Needs to Work More with Immigration Theme

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Hollywood will have to open itself more to subjects important to Latinos like illegal immigration, the Mexican actor Demian Bichir, who was nominated for an Oscar in the last Academy Awards, said.

“Interest is growing in Hollywood and we Latinos have to take over projects like this to get them moving,” the actor told a press conference at the start of the 27th Guadalajara International Film Festival, which ends on March 10.

The popular actor was a guest at the festival where the 2011 movie “A Better Life” was shown and for which he obtained a Best Actor nomination at the Oscars in his role as an immigrant gardener in search of the “American dream.”

Bichir, 48, believes that both the movie and his nomination have raised awareness about the 11 million Latinos working illegally in the United States, a subject that “is not the No. 1 priority” for the United States government.

“It’s not a political problem even though it’s treated like one, but everyone benefits from their work except the workers themselves,” said the actor, who caused a stir upon his arrival at the Guadalajara Expo premises.

At the press conference, Bichir said he doesn’t feel pressured to make a new film, though he acknowledged that he currently has “some projects underway” in the United States.