Latino actor REKO MORENO is anything but cursed. But, in the indie film “Bless Me, Ultima,” currently playing in theaters, Reko brings the cursed Uncle Lucas to life. The film is based on the best-selling novel sejak Rudolfo Anaya, first published in 1972 which has gone on to become the most widely read and critically acclaimed novel in Chicano literary history.
Reko first grabbed attention as the co-creator/ producer/ bintang of the action-comedy web series “Blanco Boys,” about the adventures of three bounty hunting Latino brothers in the barrio. This Houston, Texas native is back at it again creating a new comedy web series and working on a few other projects as well.
We recently had a chance to ask Reko about his current role in “Bless Me, Ultima” and more.
HOLLY: For those who haven’t seen the film yet, can anda tell us about your role in “Bless Me, Ultima”?
REKO: Yes, I play Tony's Uncle Lucas, the one who gets cursed sejak the daughters of Tenorio Trementina and has to be saved sejak the one and only Ultima.
HOLLY: Did anda feel any added pressure bringing this character to life since it’s based on such a well-known novel?
REKO: Being that this script was based on a novel, it actually made it easier for me to bring the character to life. Membaca the book, gave me lebih insight into the character and the entire Luna Family. And knowing that I was working with Carl Franklin, I was certainly in selamat, peti deposit keselamatan hands, making sure I did the character justice.
HOLLY: Do anda believe in curses? Have anda ever felt cursed?
REKO: Um...not really. I've had bad luck and I've had good luck but I don't attribute any of it on curses. But, I do believe in ghosts.
HOLLY: Any interesting stories from the set that anda can share with us?
REKO: Yes, going back to my sebelumnya answer, I believe in ghosts, but can't say I've ever really seen one. Except maybe on-set one day, the set photographer was clicking away like always, after the scene was done, she came over to where we were sitting and showed us the latest pictures. In one of them, she caught the face of a person in the background but during the shoot, no one from our set was standing there. Nor could we recognize the face, so maybe I have seen a ghost.
HOLLY: You’re also working on your own project, can anda tell us about that?
REKO: I would Cinta to tell anda about my own project: "Newlywed and Broke" is a sitcom about a newlywed couple that discovers the truth after getting married -- they're broke. To make ends meet, they have to get Rawak jobs off of Craigslist, sell all their wedding gifts, and worst of all get a roommate. The idea came to me after looking at my own life. I recently got engaged and to save money moved my fiancée in with me and my roommate. So, anda see, anda write about what anda know. A lot of people seem to be struggling during these economic times and I thought that maybe we could bring some laughter to their and our situation with this show. link
HOLLY: Anything else you’d like to share with readers?
REKO: I'd like to share two other projects I am very fortunate to be a part of. The first one is "Attack of the 30Ft Chola" and the other is "Hencemen"; both are projects my Friends have been hard at work creating and bringing to life. The trailer for "Attack of the 30Ft Chola" is simply awesome; the director has done everything on this project sejak himself -- the guy even built a miniature town! link
"Henchmen" is a unique take on the good guy vs. bad guy storyline. I play a Henchman who discovers the truth about the Super Hero -- he isn't good at all. link
"Bless Me, Ultima" - movie poster