Lou Diamond Phillips celebrated the anniversary of La Bamba by reflecting on how the Ritchie Valens biopic modified his life without end. Valens, the rock ‘n’ roll singer recognized for hits like “La Bamba” and “Donna,” handed away in a 1959 airplane crash on the age of 17 simply months after breaking out as a well-known rock star. His heartbreaking story is informed in La Bamba which was launched in 1987.
On the film’s 34th anniversary, Lou Diamond Phillips took to Twitter to recollect La Bamba. He first retweeted a picture of the poster with Phillips in character as Ritchie holding a guitar. The caption of the unique tweet famous that La Bamba premiered in theaters July 24, 1987.
“And somebody’s life changed forever. Thanks, Ritchie,” Phillips added, additionally together with the hashtag #Grateful.
Esai Morales additionally starred in La Bamba as Ritchie’s brother Bob. Speaking about La Bamba on its anniversary, one other fan on Twitter tweeted that Morales “stole that movie” together with his personal shifting efficiency together with his position. Phillips responded to that tweet as nicely, concurring that Morales significantly shined in La Bamba whereas including that the story was initially from Bob’s perspective.
“I agree,” Phillips tweeted. “But what may not be obvious is that the film was supposed to be told from Bob’s point of view, like Amadeus. He was the lead. Which is why Bob brings us into the story and Esai was top billed. The edit made that less clear.”
When one other fan requested if Phillips nonetheless saved in touch with Morales, Lou responded: “Most definitely.”
Though Phillips had sporadic performing roles within the mid-80s, his breakout role was as Ritchie Valens in La Bamba. Written and directed by Luis Valdez, the film starred Phillips, Morales, Rosanna DeSoto, Elizabeth Peña, Danielle von Zerneck, and Joe Pantoliano. Along with overlaying Ritchie’s rise to fame and stunning dying, the hit film additionally delves into the impact that each one of it had on his brother Bob Morales, together with the remainder of his household and girlfriend Donna Ludwig.
In May, Phillips additionally celebrated Valens on what would have been his 80th birthday. In a Rolling Stone article honoring Valens, the actor mentioned, “Ritchie was a rock and roll pioneer, and that is without qualification. His music touched an entire generation. Not only did [his story] speak to a community, it really represents the American dream for Latinos.”
It all began with La Bamba, and Phillips has continued to behave continuously within the years ever since. Phillips went on to star in the Young Guns movies, for which a sequel is in early growth, with a few of his different film credit together with Courage Under Fire, Che, and The Night Stalker. He additionally had essential roles on the TV sequence Longmire and Prodigal Son and has not too long ago appeared on different hit exhibits like Blue Bloods, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and NCIS: New Orleans.
Phillips made an ideal Ritchie Valens and it is arduous to think about anybody else in that position, although it is simply as true that Esai Morales was additionally superb in La Bamba. Even 34 years later, the film stays one of many all-time best biopics, thanks partly to the right casting. This story involves us from Lou Diamond Phillips.