Photo: Lou Diamond Phillips
HSN had a chance to catch up with the very busy Lou Diamond Phillips as he revels in the strong box office performance this past weekend of his latest film ‘Filly Brown’.
We caught up with the 51-year-old actor in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he is filming the second season of the very popular contemporary western series “Longmire”.
Calling ‘Filly Brown’ the “little movie that could”, he couldn’t be prouder of the movie that fought its way into theaters as a limited release, independent production. The movie stars his pal from ‘Stand and Deliver’ Eddie James Olmos, the later Jenni Rivera and Gina Rodriguez.
Thanks to a strong opening with $1.3 million in box office receipts the movie according to Diamond Phillips will now be coming to 40-50 additional movie screens in 10 new markets. Diamond Phillips not only views this film as a personal success but a big statement to Hollywood that the Latino community is a commercially viable market – “give them something they want and they will come see it,” he said.
The veteran actor, with a career that spans nearly 30 years, is also enjoying success on cable television on the #1 cable show on Sunday night’s “Longmire”. He plays Henry Standing Bear a character Diamond Phillips describes as a “breath of fresh air” who happens to be the proprietor of the Red Pony Café. Diamond Phillips told us to check out his Latino touch this season as he introduces the mojito at his establishment.
HSN wanted to know what this very busy actor does on his off time and whether he had any downtime.
What we can best determine is that Diamond Phillips doesn’t do anything half-hearted. He is a celebrity chef, award-winning poker player and keeps in touch with his love of music by starring in music videos. Diamond Phillips takes it down a notch when he cooks 3-4 times a week and when he spends time with his children.
Check out this prolific actor on May 27th when Longmire premieres on A&E or at your local theater to enjoy ‘Filly Brown’.