Saturday, November 14, 2015

Reunited with Lou Diamond Phillips

He kissed me at VH1 in the late 80s!  This versatile actor went underground in THE 33, a new Warner Bros. movie, and gives a solid performance.  It was great to see Lou Diamond Phillips again.                                                                                                                                    
One of the most memorable news stories of 2010 was the plight of the 33 miners buried alive by a collapse in an old, unsafe Chilean mine.  After 69 days of being trapped far underground, their story had a happy ending.  Viewers watched all over the world.  In the movie based on the harrowing event, Lou co-stars with Antonio Banderas.
During my years as a VH1 veejay and talk show host,  Lou Diamond Phillips was one of my favorite guests.  He was promoting his fine work as the late rock and roll star, Ritchie Valens.  The biopic, La Bamba, was a hit and put him in a well-deserved star spotlight.                                                              
He followed La Bamba with 1988's Stand and Deliver, also a based on a true story, Young Guns and Courage Under Fire.  In the 1990s, I saw him make his regal Broadway debut in a revival of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, The King and I.         

Currently on TV, viewers are loving Lou in the Longmire drama series on A&E.
One of the coolest and most inspirational things about Lou Diamond Phillips is that he's worked consistently since La Bamba, booking roles that display his range.

In The 33, Lou plays Don Lucho, the shift supervisor of the crew.  Early in the film, Lucho tells a superior that safety precautions are not in place for the crew.  An accident is possible.  He calls out for attention but he's up against a rock-hard wall of management resistance.

For We Got This Covered, Lou and I discuss his underground role.  And, I wondered if he recalls this Polaroid moment taken at VH1 after our first encounter on camera.
The 33 was directed by Patrician Riggen and produced by Mike Medavoy.                                        

To see my second interview of Lou Diamond Phillips, just click onto this link:

The 33 is now playing nationwide.

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