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Latino Daily News

Tuesday July 27, 2010

Catching Up with Wilmer Valderrama

Some may recognize Wilmer Valderrama as the voice of Disney’s Handy Manny, Fez in ‘That 70’s Show’, or the host on MTV’s ‘Yo Momma’ but few know him as budding movie star. The star of Colombian-Venezuelan descent will be sharing the big screen with America Ferrera on the upcoming war movie ‘The Dry Land’. Valderrama enjoyed this project because it accurately captures how post-traumatic stress disorder affects the lives of soldiers. Valderrama explains, “The movie truly talks about the human behind the soldier and not the soldier behind the cause.”

“The movie truly talks about the human behind the soldier and not the soldier behind the cause.”

While portraying Raymond, the Latino soldier, in this movie the young actor depicts Latinos coming to this country and ready to fight on its behalf. Raymond’s role shines light on the complexity undocumented soldiers face in the military. There is a great scene in the movie with James, the main character, that exemplifies this best. James, tells Raymond “I wanted to become a soldier to be a hero” and Raymond responds, “I just wanted to become a soldier to get my citizenship”. Wilmer’s character Raymond, provides comic relief to a movie that touches upon some serious issues.

Aside from this upcoming film, Wilmer has his hands full with many other projects. The romantic dramedy ‘From Prada to Nada’ comes out in October, and he just finished up ‘Larry Crowne’ a romantic comedy written and directed by Tom Hanks, and starring Julia Roberts. He is also dabbling in the music world, “I’ve been singing and dancing since I was 6 years old and acting somehow took off before my singing,” but remains coy about the exact details or which of his pool of friends in the music world he is collaborating with. I guess we better stay tuned to see what this multi-talented actor is going to pull out next from his bag of tricks.


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