Lions for Lambs, may have received a lukewarm reception from critics and moviegoers but look at Peña in this 2007 movie as a U.S. soldier deployed to Afghanistan.
I noticed young Mr. Peña in episodes of network TV shows and in some other movies. But, when I had to see Oliver Stone's World Trade Center (2006) so I could review it on national radio, Peña really popped out at me. The movie starred Nicolas Cage.
This weekend the Mexican-American actor opens in a biopic about someone who was very special to me when I was a high schooler in South Central Los Angeles during the 1960s. I attended a Catholic high school in Watts with a predominantly black and Hispanic student body.
Chicano (as we called him then) leader Cesar Chavez was an important and inspirational civil rights leader, fighting for the rights of migrant farm workers. Michael Peña stars in the biopic, Cesar Chavez.
I am so glad that my high school teachers made us realize the significance of Cesar Chavez and the importance of our interest in current events. This story needed to be told and remembered. I can't wait to pay to see it. Cesar Chavez was directed by Diego Luna. Also an actor, you may recognize Luna from Alfonso Cuarón's Y Tu Mamá También as one of the slacker buddies who embarks on an unforgettable road trip. He also played one of Harvey Milk's boyfriends opposite Sean Penn in Milk.
Keep your eye on Michael Peña. He's a mighty fine actor.