One hundred producers could have made one hundred different movies of Hector
Lavoe’s life, and they would all have received varying doses of cheers,
jeers, rants and raves. But we’re not here to talk about what others
did not do or could have done. Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, director
Leon Ichaso and company are the first to step up to the plate in
delivering a story about this musical icon to the big screen. We will use this page to archive some thoughts and dialogue the movie has generated within the community in New York and abroad.
I had the opportunity to see, and to read the movie, “El Cantante,”
where our Boricua idol, Hector Lavoe, was projected onto the big
screen. In general, the movie is stupendous; go see it and share your
opinion with our community.
It is difficult to imagine the curse of making a film based on a
beloved icon such as Hector Lavoe. Most people who went to see him
live, his friends, those who worked with him and those who profited
from his career, are still around. So the risk in ‘disappointing’
people when interpreting a multidimensional, larger-than-life figure on
such a rich medium as motion picture is inherent.
Lavoe, unfortunately left us some time ago. But the movie, "El
Cantante," starring the very talented actor and singer Marc Anthony, is
like seeing him again at his highest form. The reality is that Marc
Anthony personifies him with lucidity and interprets his songs as only
he can do and like Hector Lavoe (“The King of Punctuality”) did — with
a lot of flavor, happiness, passion, desperation and also pain.
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