02.13.2013 | By Jack Rico |
Transcription done by Mariana Dussan.
As The Weinstein Company is making an invigorated Oscar push to drive their dramedy “Silver Linings Playbook” to a historic upset over the leading favorite front-runner in “Argo” in the Best Picture category, I had a lengthy and very enjoyable discussion with one of its co-stars – Puerto Rican thespian John Ortiz who plays Ronnie, best friend to Bradley Cooper in the film.
With over 20 years in the business, Ortiz has consolidated himself as one of the most dependable Hispanic actors in Hollywood. His oustanding character actor work such as Guajiro in Carlito’s Way, Juan Abreu in Before Night Falls, Octavio in NARC, Jose Yero in Miami Vice, amongst many others, puts him, well poised to be a part of the Oscar discussion in the next 10 years, the way Demián Bichir was in 2011.